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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Officials say a group of door-to-door blacktop contractors are targeting elderly residents in Woodford County, and possibly families in the Central Kentucky region.

The Woodford County Sheriff and Attorney General says a call was received from a Woodford County resident who says they were pressured into overpaying contractors to seal her driveway.

Ultimately, the woman paid $14,000 for a project that should have cost around $4,000, according to officials.

“Thanks to the quick work of Sheriff Wright’s office payment was stopped on the check and the citizen avoided losing her money,” said Andy Beshear. “We appreciate the Woodford County Sheriff’s Office for reporting this scam and we want to make sure more Kentuckians know the signs to watch out for when it comes to avoiding door-to-door scammers.”

Beshear says not all door-to-door salespersons are scammers and many are honest trying to make a living. He has provided these tips:

– Be wary of a low price quote: If you receive an unusually low price quote be suspicious. Before you complete any large home improvement project, consider getting multiple quotes from different contractors.

– Verify and check online reviews : Verify that the contractor or business is registered to do business in Kentucky on the Secretary of State’s website, also check business licensing requirements with your city or county government. Verify online reviews through the Better Business Bureau, and ask for ID and contact previous customer references.

– Avoid upfront payment; If a contractor asks for upfront payment for a small home improvement job this should trigger a red flag. Often times, very large projects require some type of upfront payment, but only after the contractor is properly screened and a guarantee contract is signed.

– Do not fall for high-pressure tactics

– Do not rush into making a decision. Tell the salesperson you need to discuss with your family, or you are not interested. Ensure any agreement is in writing and tell the salesperson you will review the agreement and get back in contact with them.

To report a scam contact the Attorney General’s Office at 888-432-9257 and file a complaint online.

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