Tarseal 'special deal' really costly scam

By Roger Moroney

A group offering to tarseal driveways, claiming they could do it as a special deal as they had some left over from a nearby job, have visited Hawke's Bay during the past few months and have sparked another warning from police.

After reading about incidents in Manawatu recently, where people were scammed out of thousands of dollars after getting poor quality work done, a Waimarama man contacted Hawke's Bay Today to say he had been visited and offered such a deal about four months ago. But it wasn't the only time he was approached, as a few weeks after sending the first caller on his way later a different man knocked at his door offering the same "deal".

"They both told me the same story of finishing a big job locally and having material left over," the resident said.

"I asked the first guy what their square metre rate was and was told he could give me a very special price of $14."

The man sensed someone was not right as the man had a pushy, stand-over way about him. He sensed a scam and did not take up the offer.

He then rang a local contractor was was told that $7 a square metre was closer to the mark.

Two weeks later a second man turned up, and he also quoted $14.

"I told him that the usual price was $7 and he got really huffy, telling me that theirs was a high-class job using superior materials."

He then asked what the major project was that they had just finished and the man turned and stormed off.

"He said it was smart-arses like me who will always miss out on bargains," the man said.

Eastern Region Police crime prevention advisor Paul Miller said it was the first incident he had heard of in Hawke's Bay, but was not surprised.

"These people do get around and people need to be aware of that," Mr Miller said.

He said the resident did the right thing questioning the pair and eventually sending them on their way.

Three people in Palmerston North, and earlier in the year at least two in the Waikato region, had not been so suspicious and were left out of pocket and with what police there described as sub-standard jobs.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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