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Homeowners beware of scammers, fraud reported in Blooming Grove

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BLOOMING GROVE (WKOW) -- The Dane County Sheriff's Office says citizens should be cautious of people offering to do repair jobs at a low price; they could be scammers.  A recent fraud complaint has been reported in the town of Blooming Grove.

On June 14th, a female homeowner was approached by someone who identified himself as Joshua McDonald and two others in an unknown white pick-up truck.  The homeowner was told they had leftover asphalt from a construction job and were willing to seal her entire driveway for only $350.

After they finished the job, they asked for $1,700.  There was no discussion of raising the price, and there was no contract or written estimate.  The homeowner paid them $1,400.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office says these scams are common in the spring, summer, and fall.  They are often called Gypsy or Traveler Scams because the scammers are usually not local.  They prey on homeowners, generally older homeowners, and leave quickly.

Officials want to remind property owners to be cautious whenever they are approached by home repair contractors who arrive unsolicited.  The victims of these scams report feeling intimidated or obligated to pay the bill.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office says there is no way to locate these scammers because they are not reputable local contractors.

If you experience any similar scam, call law enforcement immediately.  Citizens are encouraged to inform others of these scams so more people are not targeted.

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