Irish Travelers

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

"They come across as being very trustworthy and they do a service for you. The only thing is they don't render the service they say they were gonna do," says Sgt. Brenton Ford of the Kentucky State Police.

The service the "Irish Travelers" say they will render range from home improvement to asphalt sealing and commercial painting. But what they don't tell you is that you don't get your money's worth.

Linda Chambers of the Better Business Bureau says, "A lot of times they won't finish the job but most of the time they use inferior products. Within a few months, your blacktop driveway could be falling apart and you'll have to have it done all over again."

This group of scam artists, which mainly targets the elderly, is based out of the Carolinas and Georgia but migrate throughout the south when summer hits.

This year, the "Travelers" have already been spotted in Cave City and Edmonson County.

"Once they are detected and law enforcement starts investigating these cases, their crimes will increase in severity and they will group back up in their origin and go back and move on to a different area," notes Ford.

Chambers notes the best way to keep from being scammed out of your money is to always investigate the company beforehand.

"Check on that company, get the name of that company and tell them to give you an estimate in writing and then call and check on that company with us. Check with the Contractor’s Licensing Board to make sure they have a license to do business like that."

Chambers notes that people can also spot a scam by noticing things like if the company's business card has a post office box address, as well as if they want an immediate answer and refuse to allow you time to check them out.

If you think you have been a victim of a scam, contact your local law enforcement agency.

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