Police: Be on your guard against contractors offering paving service

Area residents are warned to watch out for a scam operation taking place in Old Lycoming Township in which a man is approaching homeowners offering to seal their driveways, according to township Police Chief Joseph Hope.

The man tells residents that he is an employee of the Virginia-based firm Pro-Pave Incorporated and he claims that his crews “are working in the area,” Hope said.

Police contacted the firm and were told that the individual making the solicitations is not affiliated in any way with the company, which does “not solicit such work” from homeowners, Hope said.

The warning comes after township police took a report from an elderly homeowner who reported they were solicited by a firm to pave their driveway.

The man was driving a dark-colored Toyota pickup truck with a Virginia license plate, a cracked windshield and a large galvanized tank in the back, Hope said.

The man refused to provide the homeowner a contract or work order, Hope said.

“Be cautious and always get the price for the service in writing before any work begins. Always make sure the company offering the paving service is license and reputable. If you suspect any fraud, contact your local police department,” Hope said.