FREDERICK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
For more information contact:
Public Information Officer
Major Robert Eckman
March 25, 20009 Office: (540) 662-6168
Citizen Awareness Campaign
With the arrival of the spring season, many people begin to either perform, or consider home
Unfortunately, as the weather turns warmer a criminal element begins to turn out as well. Construction
and driveway con artists.
Every year the Sheriff’s Department receives several reports of scams and frauds done to citizens by
con artists. The majority of these involve the application of driveway sealant. Several consistent
patterns are seen by police investigations.
• The con artist contacts the victim.
• Most victims are elderly.
• Con artists have a spiel of having leftover product they can give to the person as a “good deal”,
and quote a reasonable price.
• Con artists are very friendly and courteous.
• They present a very generic work proposal.
o There are no logos or addresses, and information is not preprinted, but had written in.
• Con artist’s will provide little information as to address, phone number or license.
• When the job is complete, the price becomes several thousand dollars.
o Con artist then become harsh and intimidate the customer to “twist their arm into
• Checks are always cashed the same day
Citizens should always do the following before engaging in work:
• Ask to see the contractor’s license or receive a copy.
• Citizens can look up contractors on-line for licensing and prior complaints
• Ask for and check references prior to signing a contract.
• If you are uneasy with the transaction, chances are your instinct is correct.
• Always be aware of someone boasting of a “good deal”, or the job has to be done “right now”.
Any citizen who feels they have been approached by a con artist, or defrauded by one:
• Tell them to leave, and that you are going inside to contact the sheriff’s department. Con artists
do not want to stay around for police.
• Try to remember names, descriptions of people and vehicles, and vehicle registration if
possible. Provide this information to the police.
For further information or if you feel you or someone you know has been victimized please call the
Frederick County Sheriff’s Department at 540-662-6168.