Gahanna police are warning residents about a marked increase in blacktop paving scams, which usually begin in the spring months and continue throughout the summer.

Gahanna police are warning residents about a marked increase in blacktop paving scams, which usually begin in the spring months and continue throughout the summer.

The scammers use a variety of methods, but they typically involve individuals who approach a homeowner, usually an elderly person, and claim to be in the neighborhood to do work and have excess blacktop material available from their previous job, according to police.

Some typical things that are normally associated with blacktop scam artists include:

Out-of-state license plates on vehicles or rental vehicles.

The only telephone number, if any, given by the worker(s) are for cell-phone numbers.

No literature of any kind, or a written contract outlining guarantees, warranties, terms and/or services provided.

Claim to "be in the area" doing jobs and have just enough material left to do a driveway.

Lots of rental equipment on trailers.

Ask for upfront deposit to buy material.

No company name on trucks or equipment.

Anyone who suspects a blacktop paving scam is occurring or has occurred should call Gahanna police at (614) 342-4240.