Company warns customers about possible scam

Possible paving scam

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Viewers tell 10 On Your Side they are being scammed by a paving company.

WAVY News 10 received numerous complaints about a man posing as a local company. The problem is so widespread the real company, which has a similar name, posted a warning online.

R.C. Paving and Son is a Suffolk company that has been working in Hampton Roads since 1979. Then, there’s R.C. Paving Company. Customers told WAVY’s Liz Palka the latter is a scam run by a man named Richard Smith.

Robert Chavis and his son, Bobby, specialize in asphalt installation and maintenance. They are proud of their business, R.C. Paving and Son, and say someone is hurting their company.

Robert and Bobby Chavis said they started getting calls about a Richard Smith from R.C. Paving Company back in September.

“First question would be, ‘Could I speak to Rick Smith?’ Second question would be they were left with a construction job that was left with a mess,” said Bobby Chavis.

The Chavis family said they have gotten about 40 calls from people who say Smith took their money. Now, R.C. Paving and Son is working with police and even posted an alert on their website stating they do not have a ‘Rick Smith’ with their company and are not located in Hampton.

The warning says:

      “Another company calling itself R. C. Paving Company has NO Affiliation with us nor is it a division of our company. We DO NOT have a Rick Smith with our company and we are not located in Hampton VA.  Please call your local authorities if you feel you have been scammed.”

“They took their hard earned money that they’ve worked for, likewise like we do. We’re in the same situation. So I feel as sorry for the customers, as I do for my business name,” said Bobby Chavis.

WAVY.com did speak to a customer who said her family was scammed by Richard Smith. She said her elderly mother fell victim to it after he said he was going to fix their driveway.

“Last Saturday a man drove up in a red pickup truck, came to the door wanting to, he said he had some extra concrete, wanting to fix the driveway, fill in all the cracks,” said Beth Fulgham, whose mother lives in Portsmouth. “He came back this past Friday when I was not home, got my elderly mother, who has signs of dementia, and scammed her on getting her to have the driveway done.”

Fulgham said her mother realized Smith didn’t really do the job. She tried to cancel the check, but it had already been cashed.

“The driveway looks worse now than when it did before they started,” said Fulgham.

Fulgham has also filed a police report.

R.C. Paving and Son said if you’ve worked with Richard Smith from Hampton, call police right away.

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