Scam involving traveling asphalt crew reported in Outagamie County

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OUTAGAMIE COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – State officials are warning residents about a scam involving a traveling asphalt crew in Outagamie County.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says it received a call Friday about workers going door-to-door in the Black Creek and Seymour areas. A woman said she paid $5,000 for their services, but that they poured gravel and covered it with diesel fuel to seal it.

The woman said two other consumers were affected.

State officials are telling people that if anyone arrives at your doorstep about asphalt paving and/or sealing services, you should turn the workers away and contact local law enforcement. You’re also asked to get a description of the workers’ vehicles and license plate numbers.

According to the DATCP, workers in traveling asphalt scams show up unannounced, claim to have leftover product from a prior job, and offer to sealcoat or blacktop a driveway for a cheap price. The job is done quickly and poorly, and the customer is overcharged for the quality of the work.

These crews are always on the go. The DATCP says there is little reason to suspect that they will stay in any particular area. They come and go from an area without a trace, leaving consumers empty-handed and with no recourse for uncompleted work or property damage.

To file a complaint with the DATCP, contact the Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-422-7128.