Beware of scammers claiming to work for county highway department
STAR JOURNAL REPORT
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is alerting area residents of a new scam recently reported. A scam victim contacted the sheriff’s office after paying for tree branches to be removed.
According to the victim, an 81-year-old Tomahawk woman, four men stopped at the woman’s home and advised her they had been contracted by the Lincoln County Highway Department to clear brush and remove tree limbs at a charge of $2 per limb.
The victim agreed to the services and the men when to work. After about an hour the woman advised the men to stop working and that she no longer wanted their service. The scammers stopped working an attempted to charge the victim $900. When the victim refused to pay they offered a reduced price of $450 and the parties eventually agreed on $300, a check was written and the men left.
The vehicle was described as a newer silver truck with ladders on it. One of the four men was described as caucasian in his 30s, tall with a slender build wearing ragged overalls. They gave the victim a business card with the name Reed Brothers – Asphalt, concrete road bas, chip/seal coat, crack filling and roof coating.
The Lincoln County Highway Department said no one has been contracted to cut trees or clear brush.
If you are contacted by these individuals do not allow them to conduct any work or may them any fees. Report any scams to your local law enforcement agency.