Police warn homeowners about a scam

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 1/29 9:36 pm Published: 1/29 8:29 pm

It was on the Saturday during the late afternoon when James McKinzie heard a knock at his door.

"Their story was that the city was having them go around to fix these cracks in the driveways, otherwise they will fine the owners," said McKinzie.

McKinzie told FOX23 he would have been suspicious but he wasn't paying close attention.

"In my case it was a Saturday afternoon and I had taken a few medications because I have a few medical issues and I wasn't at my most alert," McKinzie said.

He agreed and let them begin working on his driveway.

"They put down maybe a pound of this tar and then came back the following Monday and said will put the cement down at no extra charge. For the tar, they charged me $1,368," said McKinzie.

Reluctantly he gave them the money but then started having second thoughts.

Not only did the con artists scam McKinzie out of more than $1,000, they also did a really bad job on the driveway repairs.

After one phone call he quickly realized he had been conned.

"They brought a gentleman out from the city and he said you could have gotten your whole driveway replaced for $300," McKinzie said.

Detectives told FOX23 this is happening more and more.

"Be very cautious of who you allow to your home or to walk around your home and maybe take their name and tell them you will get back with them later, or get another estimate," said Detective Debbie Crisp, of the Tulsa Police Department.

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Mayor Maynot - 1/30/2014 12:41 AM
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When the city finds these eager beavers they will be in trouble for misrepresenting the city. Ring back the chain gang. Oh Brother Where Art Thou.
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