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Fake paving crew tries $7,000 scam on woman, 77

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando detectives are telling residents to be wary of doing business with anyone who comes knocking on their front door.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office reissued that warning today after four men recently tried to hustle a woman out of $7,000 as part of a paving scam.

According to the report, four men posing as a work crew for a paving company knocked on the door of a home on Tayco Drive, off Sunshine Grove Road, on Friday. The men tried to persuade the 77-year-old woman to let them pave her driveway.

Although the woman told them she had no money and couldn't afford to pay, the men spread black gravel on the driveway. Once they were finished, they tried to charge her $7,000.

The men then went into the woman's home and had her call several banks in an effort to get the money. At one of the banks, a teller called the authorities for her and the men left the home.

The men, all white, were described as driving a dump truck with an orange cab, with the top portion of the rear yellow and the bottom part black. The dump truck was towing some sort of equipment trailer. The woman also told detectives the other two vehicles were white pickup trucks.

Joel Anderson can be reached at joelanderson@sptimes.com or at 352-754-6120.

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Detectives think the men are part of a "criminal transient group" known as the Travelers. Anyone with information about the men are encouraged to call Detective Ed Ciccone at (352) 754-6830.

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Detectives think the men are part of a "criminal transient group" known as the Travelers. Anyone with information about the men are encouraged to call Detective Ed Ciccone at (352) 754-6830.

Fake paving crew tries $7,000 scam on woman, 77 12/09/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 10:47pm]
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