By Kathy Curran, WBZ-TV

ASHLAND (CBS) — It’s a small piece of pavement in front of Bob Mahoney’s Ashland home that came with a very big price. The 85-year-old was charged $4,500 by a paving company that showed up at his door.

Ashland Police are warning residents to stay away from these fly-by-night contractors circling neighborhoods looking to make a deal.

WBZ-TV’s Kathy Curran reports.

It all starts with a knock on the door.

Mahoney says, “Before I knew it the truck was down the road and they were getting ready to put the driveway in, and they hadn’t talked price or anything.”

He says he never even gave the company permission to do the work.

Ashland Police Lt. Richard Briggs says, “It’s a sad situation. Someone took full advantage of an elderly person.”

Briggs gives this advice: “Do your homework; call the Better Business Bureau; get referrals; and check the company out online.”

scamcheck Ashland Police Warn Of Scamming Contractors

Bob Mahoney says a crew of contractors showed up at his door and charged him $4,500 to pave his driveway. (credit: CBS)

Bob has a tough time writing so he says the contractor, Arthur Stanley, took his checkbook and made the $4,500 check out to himself.

We called the company, Ideal Asphalt, to ask Mr. Stanley some questions but never got a call back.

Bob Mahoney says it’s too bad those kind of people take advantage of the elderly. The 85-year-old is out thousands and doesn’t even have a car to park on the pavement left behind.

Comments (5)
  1. Frank Walley says:

    Stanley. Sounds like the same Stanley from here in Nashua NH. One company name was CVS Paving. It thought someone went to jail over this thing.

  2. Ron says:

    These warnings about door-to-door ‘contractors’ have been around for quite a while now. I want to feel bad for this guy, but if you’re not giving them permission to do the work you shouldn’t be getting out your checkbook. The first place he should have gone was to the phone to dial 3 digits.

  3. cynic says:

    This is News? The Ashland Police Dept.has just found out about scams.?

    1. mxp says:

      The media goes fishing thru the local police logs until they find something they might be able to make interesting, and then they sit around and wait for someone to do an interview. It’s called a “slow news day”.

  4. cynic says:

    It appears that a salesman appeared,sold the man a service and the service was performed….The price may have been higher than he could have gotten from another paver but I don’t see any crime.

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