Solicitors pave way to driveway scam

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Webster Parish elderly and infirmed residents are being targeted by persons offering them “a deal” to fix their driveways.

Webster Sheriff Jason Parker said his office has received several calls, mostly from “out in the parish.”

“It’s been a bad deal,” Parker said. “We know of one that actually had work done.”

Parker said the solicitors have legitimate-looking business cards and tell residents they have materials left from another job.

“They will quote you one price, but when the job is done, the price has increased – almost tripled,” the sheriff said.

It’s almost impossible to track these solicitors, Parker said.

“They’re not licensed or bonded,” he explained. “They move from town to town. They’re very fast talkers, like professional salesmen. They don’t leave you receipts or anything like that. It’s an issue.”

If anyone is contacted by the solicitors, Parker says to call the Webster Parish Sheriff’s office at 318-377-1515.

“We will send a deputy to verify they are a legitimate company and have the proper licenses,” he said.

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