“Most of the time these companies are from out of the area and advise they have extra product from a previous order they need to get rid of and will save you a lot of money,” explains Lt. Arlyne Page. “They talk a good game but when it is all said and done, the work may be substandard. It may cost you a lot of money to have a reputable company come in and fix the work done by the scamming company.”

The Camden County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to be wary of asphalt and pest control schemes this time of year. 

“Most of the time these companies are from out of the area and advise they have extra product from a previous order they need to get rid of and will save you a lot of money,” explains Lt. Arlyne Page. “They talk a good game but when it is all said and done, the work may be substandard.  It may cost you a lot of money to have a reputable company come in and fix the work done by the scamming company.”

The chemicals used by pest control companies are also strictly regulated by the Department of Agriculture.

If you need to utilize an asphalt or pest control service, use a reputable company, not one that stops in your driveway and solicits business, says Page. 

“Not all may be bad businesses, however better safe than sorry.  You can always contact the Secretary of State's Office, via the web, to find out if they are a company in good standing and they should have the proper documentation and licensing,” she advises.

If you are solicited, tell the people that you would like to see their state licenses and ask them for their business card and phone number. Make some excuse as to why you can't have the work done right then. Get as much information about the company as possible.   

Call the police if you think something is suspicious as you may be helping someone else. The Camden County Sheriff’s Office main line is 573-346-2243.