Waterford police: Woman duped of $4K in driveway scam

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News

Waterford Township — Police are investigating the report of an elderly resident who claims she was duped out of half her life savings recently in a driveway-sealing scam.

The 86-year-old woman called police to her home in the 100 block of Draper on May 26 after she turned over $4,000 to two white men “on the shorter side” — possibly Hispanic — who approached her while she was working in her yard and started spraying a sealant on her driveway.

While one man was doing the work, the other — described as bald and clean-shaven — told the woman he had extra sealant and could complete her entire driveway for $58, police said. The man spoke to the other man in a foreign language, possibly Spanish, the woman said.

The woman felt intimidated and agreed to pay them to do the job, just to get rid of them, an investigator said.

Once the job was completed, the suspects said they had used 78 gallons of sealant and demanded $4,000. When she told them she did not have that much money, she offered to pay them with a credit card, which they declined. Instead, they drove the woman to her credit union, where she withdrew the funds. The men returned her to her home, never providing a receipt, police said.

“This makes you sick,” Waterford Police Detective Keith Zoltowski said. “She is a frail woman who was intimidated by two men who surprised her. Fortunately, she wasn’t physically hurt. She doesn’t drive or have a car and they loaded her up — with her walker — to get the money.”

Zoltowski said it is a reminder, especially for the elderly, not to trust anyone who shows up unannounced seeking to do work. He said if there is anything suspicious about such incidents residents should call police immediately.

Police seek the public’s help in identifying the suspects or their vehicle, described as a 2015 or 2016 dark-brown Ford F150 with chrome rims and grill.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (248) 618-6126 or an anonymous tipline at (248) 674-COPS.

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