Miller County Sheriff Louie Gregorie confirmed the department has received three complaints this week involving an asphalt company scamming victims.
Sheriff Gregorie said two incidents have occurred in Eldon and another near Etterville.
Troy Williams, a commander for the VFW Post 2442 in Eldon, said they got a call from the company, AL Asphalt Pavement, Wednesday afternoon offering to repave their parking lot with leftover materials from another job.
Williams said after talking with the company, they were expecting to pay around $1,000.
“They did the job in like an hour and a half,” he said. “When the job was done, they decided they wanted to charge us $6,400.”
Williams said the company asked for money right away, and the chip and seal work that was promised was not what the VFW was expecting.
“The actual material that they put on was washing down the hill,” he said. “So I got out of the car, started kicking the material around and it was moving. Chip and seal should be like asphalt material, nice and hard and it wasn’t.”
Williams and other VFW members decided to call the Sheriff’s Office to report what happened. While VFW Post 2442 avoided paying the company, Williams said the scammers did get a home just down the street to pay.
The Sheriff’s Office said the employee going door to door offering their services is a white male in his mid to late-20s driving a newer-style white Dodge Ram 1500 truck with no visible license plates and an amber light on the cab.
“Trying to take advantage of veterans is a bad thing,” Williams said. “But it’s more about the community and our families and our friends that we’re worried about. If somebody calls you and says they have chip and seal to put on your driveway, call Miller County sheriff.”
The Sheriff’s Office is asking victims and anyone with information on the investigation to call 573-369-2341.