Skip links

Flim flam men working area

A paving scam with a new twist is being pulled on some area residents.

Deputies in Columbus and Bladen counties are on the lookout for a group of men claiming to have leftopver gravel from a driveway job, which they offer for free. After spreading the gravel, they hand the homeowner a bill for thousands of dollars, and offer to take payments.

Bladen County has seen more of the con men so far, according to authorities, but they are reportedly working in communities along the border as well. The elderly and women at home alone are the most common targets.

“This is a variation on a flim flam that seems to come around in the spring of the year,” said Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker. There is a group from around Augusta Georgia/South Carolina who make their living going around offering to paint barn roofs or seal driveways. Once they do the work, with inferior paint or sealant, they want to charge exorbitant prices. They also try to gain entry to the home to steal small items of jewelry or money. This is the first time I have heard of them offering to gravel a driveway but it is just a variation on an old scam we see come around every spring.”

On Wednesday, McVicker said, a group of men driving a gray pickup and a large white truck with gravel approached a residence, and told the older man there that they had some gravel left over from a job nearby and offered to give it to him to help the community.

“After they started spreading the gravel they presented him with a bill for $4,000. He told them he did not have that and they finally said they would do it for $500.00 or he could make payments. The man called his son who is a law enforcement officer and his son said he would come talk to them. When given this information, the men loaded up their truck and left.”

If the driveway con men come to your home, get the tag number and a vehicle description. Report any suspicious activity to law enforcement immediately.

 

 

 

Reader Interactions

Community Events

april, 2018

25apr10:00 am11:00 amWednesday StorytimeNorth Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville

26apr5:00 pm7:30 pmThe Senior PromColumbus County Department of Aging

26apr7:00 pm8:30 pmPaints, Camera...Action! Wine and Cheese ReceptionColumbus County Arts Council

27apralldayBBQ on the BluffDowntown Fair Bluff

27apr3:00 pm4:30 pmNature Play DayOutdoor Fun at The Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville

27apr7:00 pm10:00 pmFree Family Movie Night!Sponsored by SCC Student Government Association

28apr10:00 am4:00 pmSpring Parade and FestivalKelly, NC

Whiteville
57°
Mostly Cloudy
06:3219:53 EDT
Feels like: 57°F
Wind: 1mph W
Humidity: 82%
Pressure: 30.25"Hg
UV index: 0
MonTueWed
66/59°F
77/57°F
78/56°F

Download Our App

 

Stay Connected

RSS National News (Via BBC News)

Announcement

X