Father, Son Pavers Team Up To Scam


UPDATED: Monday August 15, 2011 12:17 PM

The Better Business Bureau said a father and son teamed up to swindle thousands of dollars from senior citizens.

Emerson and Alice Willis had a knock on their door more than a week ago from State Construction, with a promise to pave their driveway, 10TV's Chuck Strickler reported Monday.

After two days of work the driveway was unfinished and the pavers were done.

"Well I'm mad," Alice Willis said. "I (have) a hole in the middle of my driveway."

The driveway had cracks forming and was uneven.

The BBB said a scam like this is common, especially in the summer months in rural areas. The target is typically older people who are very trusting, Strickler reported.

The BBB said the father did the work and the son kept the couple very distracted and became their friend, bonding  with the couple, Strickler reported.

The Willis' wrote the pavers two checks that drained their bank account.

One of the pavers, Terry Langston, said over the phone that he does not run a scam and will pay the Willis' back.

The Better Business Bureau officially called this a scam. It has issued an "F" rating against State Construction, with an address located on the north side of Columbus.

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