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Douglas County district attorney warns about scam involving home, driveway repairs

November 14, 2011

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District Attorney Charles Branson on Monday warned Douglas County residents to be aware of a possible driveway and home repair scam after a resident recently lost $1,500.

Branson said a group of men are associated with a white one-ton General Motors pickup truck with an extended cab and Illinois license plates. The truck is estimated to be a 2000 model or newer.

“The men have already scammed one Douglas County resident out of $1,500 for a driveway repair scam,” Branson said. “If these individuals show up at your home, do not hesitate to immediately contact law enforcement or call 911.”

Any potential victims can also call the district attorney’s consumer protection unit at 841-0211.

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 5 months ago

The driveway repair scam is so old I can hardly believe anyone falls for it anymore.

They say a fool is born every minute, and a fool and his money are soon parted. And, they are right.

Concerning the home repairs, I'm not so sure. It is easy to get scammed that way. I know a very well educated and wise person who wishes he had just left things the way they were before the contractors ever got started. At the present moment, the third one he has contracted to do the work so far is working on completing the project. There is no telling when the job will be completely done, I think it's been in process about three years now. But, I could be wrong, it might have been even longer than that.

You must get references, if the contractor cannot provide any, forget it.

And if he does provide them, call at least three of his satisfied customers. After you have talked to the people at the phone numbers he has provided you with, check the phone book to see if those people actually live at the address he claimed he did the work at. It's easy to give people your friend's numbers and of course they will claim his work is excellent, and the man can be trusted, for sure.

The more glowingly they talk about him and his work, the more suspicious you must be.

And, go and actually look at his well done work at the bare minimum of one of his three satisfied customers.

Then, call the Better Business Bureau, Lawrence, Kansas at (785) 766-2009, to see if there has been any complaints lodged against him, his company, or his work.

After that tell him you'll think about it, please come back next week.

If you follow those very simple instructions, I doubt very much you will get scammed.

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headdoctor 2 years, 5 months ago

Probably the standard contractor jive. They estimate the cost. Then ask for half up front with the remainder paid when the job is finished. They take the half payment and never return to start the work.

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BABBOY 2 years, 5 months ago

Yes, what exactly do they do? It would better to warn us by telling us what happened but perhaps that affects their investigation....

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MarcoPogo 2 years, 5 months ago

Any idea what the scam actually is?

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Roland Gunslinger 2 years, 5 months ago

Never give money up front. If the contractor doesn't have enough resources to cover his materials up front on his own you do not want to do business with them.

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headdoctor 2 years, 5 months ago

Sounds like the X-Lawrence resident D B Equipment for Hire is at it again. He has a large white extended cab. Although I don't know how many states he has had it licensed in. He has been known to motor around with no license plate on some of his equipment. I still don't get why the city doesn't cancel his contractor license.

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