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10:09 PM, Oct 28, 2004   |    comments
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By Ken Amaro First Coast News JACKSONVILLE, FL -- It is a quiet community off Jacksonville's Northside. Some homes have long driveways that lead to the river. John Perry lives at the end of one of those long driveways. Wednesday, he was approached by a man in a truck about paving his driveway. "He said he was in the area and had some left over asphalt" says Perry. But Perry says when he tried to pin him down to a price, the driver was vague. "He left and said he will be back." "When he was leaving," says Perry, "I noticed the truck had Virginia license plates." Perry says the man returned, when his mother was home alone, and duped her into paving the driveway. He started the job and when she asked how much it came to a screeching halt. "He told her it was going to cost $8000," says Perry. Stunned she called her other son, who is a contractor. He told the asphalt contractor to leave the property. Feeling guilty, Mrs Perry, paid him $2400 for the work he had performed. Later that night she placed a stop payment. The family want this to be an alert to every homeowner. John Perry says the truck had a sign that reads "Public Asphalt." A consumer tip: Most legitimate contractors do not go door to door soliciting new business. They don't offer left over material from another job. They also don't tell customers that they have to pay in full or up front. These are signs that you're about to be swindled.

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