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Sheriff Warns Of Driveway Scams

April 27, 2012

CELINA — Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey issued a warning for possible driveway maintenance scam artists. Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart earlier this week reported scam artists in Shelby County.

One incident in Shelby County involved an elderly victim who agreed to have crushed gravel put in her driveway. When the crew was finished, they demanded $9,800. The crew did not put down crushed gravel — they simply sprayed oil and tar mix and some pea gravel.

“I am trying to warn our residents, if it is happening in nearby Shelby County, it is likely the scam artists could move to our area,” Grey said in a news release. “As always, elderly residents should not accept offers from contractors going door to door. If they are unsure or have questions, they should always contact a family member prior to having the work done. If there is no family members close they should contact the sheriff’s office or their local police department to have a deputy respond.”

Anyone knowing of an attempt at theft or fraud is ask to immediately contact the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office at 419-586-7724.

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