Trooper Jonathan Biven
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 3, Bowling Green
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Date of News Release: 03/15/2007
(Post 3 Area) -- Irish Travelers have been observed in the Cave City area. These Home Improvement "SCAM ARTISTS" are reportedly soliciting citizens in all surrounding counties in the Post 3 area.
Some of the scams are as follows:
Barn Painting- The paint comes off the barn during first or second rain.
Driveway Blacktopping- Blacktop is 2 inches thick at beginning and end of driveway, but only ½ thick in most areas.
Driveway Sealing- Sealant has large amounts of kerosene in mixture and looks good for a few days and disappears during a couple of rains.
Roofing Project- Scam Artist inspect your roof for free, and unknowing to the victim, cause damage to the roof and request to fix it.
These "SCAM ARTISTS" use high-pressure sales tactics, especially on Senior Citizens. If the "SCAM ARTIST" cannot con you out of your money, he might intentionally try to distract you by arguing with you, while his partner enters through another door in your home, and robs you.
Please be careful when dealing with these criminals, and remember to notify the your local, county, or State Police agencies if you encounter them. Most drive "utility trucks" with Georgia, North and South Carolina license plates.