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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Asphalt scam warning issued

  • Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn has issued a warning to area residents about an attempted scam involving asphalters.
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  • Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn has issued a warning to area residents about an attempted scam involving asphalters.
    His office has received several reports of attempted scams occurring in Marion County, Shinn said.  Asphalters will approach residences and portray themselves from “the highway department” and ask to lay asphalt for a specific price, he said.
    “Area residents need to keep in mind that this is the construction season and they should always ask for and check out references of any solicitor before you agree on anything,” Shinn said. “These solicitors will be pushy and try to get residents to agree on the job immediately. If residents agree they will then do the job but add unknown expenses to the bill and demand payment on the spot.
    “These solicitors usually target our seniors in our area as they are the most vulnerable,” Shinn said. “Please, if you have any solicitors such as this, get as much information as you can and call your local authorities immediately. Always research solicitors before agreeing to any kind of job. Call a relative, call a reference but do not agree on any work until you are satisfied completely with the terms and agreement and have checked these people out.” 
    The county highway department does not solicit residence to do asphalt work.
    Reports may be made to the Marion County Sheriff’s Department at (573) 769-2077 Ext. 0 for dispatch, or call 911 for emergencies.  
     
     

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