CHESTER, NJ (Morris County) – Police in Chester are warning residents to be on the lookout for a driveway repair scam that has recently been making the rounds of the Chester area.
According to police, some individuals are allegedly going door to door in both towns selling leftover asphalt at a discount.
Chester Borough and Chester Township do not have any active soliciting permits for paving contractors, police said.
Police urge residents to be aware of the warning signs of the scam:
1. There are leftover materials from another job. Professional asphalt contractors know, with great accuracy, how much paving material is needed to complete each project. Rarely will they have large quantities of leftover material.
2. You are pushed to make a quick decision. Trustworthy contractors will provide a written estimate that will be valid for days or even weeks. It should specify in detail the work to be performed and the total price. They also don’t mind you checking them out before signing a contract.
3. Cash-only sales. Most reputable contractors will take checks or credit cards and don’t require payment up front.
4. The company is from out of state. Look at the truck the representative travels in. If it is unmarked or has an out-of-state license plate, be cautious.
Anyone encountering this scam is asked to Chester police at 908-879-5514 option 0 and speak with police communications to report it.