Update: Police warn of paving scam in Kingston neighbourhoods

Photo via Kingston Police.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated since it was originally published on Thursday, May 16, 2024, at 12:28 p.m. Please see bottom of article for most recently updated information.

A door-to-door paving scam is targeting Kingston homeowners this week, according to Kingston Police.

In a media release, dated Thursday, May 16, 2024, Kingston Police are warning residents to beware of this ongoing scam which has been reported in several neighbourhoods.

“The suspects offer to repave the victim’s driveway at a steeply discounted cash rate, requiring payment up front. The suspects often state that they are doing work nearby which is why they are offering the discounted rate,” Kingston Police detailed.

According to the release, in the reports received by Kingston Police and City of Kington Bylaw Enforcement, residents have been approached and either work has been left incomplete or the paving is of poor quality.

“In most cases, large piles of excavated asphalt and earth were left behind, often blocking the roadway. In one case, the pavers also severed utility connections to the victim’s home,” police stated.

“The suspects in these cases were described as having Irish or similar accents.”

In response to Kingstonist inquiries, Kingston Police said that all of the reported incidents thus far have occurred over the past week, and that the incident leading to the pile of excavated asphalt pictured above occurred in the Bayridge area in Kingston’s west end.

Police urge caution when homeowners are approached in the following ways:

  • Contractors offering their services because they just happen to be in the neighbourhood doing work nearby.
  • Contractors offering a special deal because they have supplies left over from another job.
  • Contractors offering large discounts for cash deals.
  • A price for work that is too good to be true.
  • High-pressure sales pitches requiring you to act immediately.
  • A demand to pay for all or most of the work in cash before any work is completed.
  • Anyone selling services door-to-door.

Anyone who believes they may have been contacted by these suspects is asked to contact the Kingston Police at 613-549-4660 ext. 0. Tips can also be provided anonymously by calling the Kingston Police general number 613-549-4660 ext. 0 and asking to remain anonymous.

UPDATE (Friday, May 17, 2024):

As their investigation continues into an ongoing alleged paving contractor scam locally, Kingston Police have provided some further details on the case to help ensure the public is informed and aware.

On Friday, May 17, 2024, police provided the images below, which were reportedly captured on security cameras and depict one of the suspects involved in the scam.

Images via Kingston Police.

“The suspects in these cases were described as having Irish or similar accents. The names used by the companies change frequently, so residents are encouraged to focus on the warning signs [listed above], however the following have been used in the past week: ‘Trusted Paving’ and ‘Paveright Asphalt’,” Kingston Police said in an update to the media.

“Police have obtained video of one of the suspects. The male, who called himself Tony, spoke with an Irish accent. He is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 5’10”, short to medium dark blonde hair, medium to heavy build.”

At the same time, Kingstonist has communicated with a member of a family who claim they have been wronged by the scammers. According to Kingston resident Melanie Garrah, her mother was defrauded by one of the companies mentioned by Kingston Police: Paveright Asphalt. Garrah provided a photo of the business card her mother received from the alleged contractors, as well as photos of the damages caused and left by the purported ‘company.’ Garrah also said that the one of the workers involved in the incident at her mother’s house was driving a blue Ford F-150. In the case of these victims, the scammers left broken up asphalt spilling into the roadway in front of the victims’ home, as shown in the photos submitted.

Submitted photo.
Submitted photo.
Submitted photo.

According to the website listed on the business card, the company offers “long guarantees” and is “fully licensed,” though no actual licence is cited on the site. The site also professes “All aspects of the operations being transparent and clear for clients and partners.” Calls to the phone number on the business card from Kingstonist were not answered, and the address on the business card is for an apartment building at the corner of Division and Kirkpatrick Streets. Further, photos on the company’s website are used on a variety of asphalt company websites that purport to operate in different areas of Ontario.

Garrah also provided a photo of an alleged suspect that her neighbour was able to capture while the “Paveright” crew was still present at the victims’ home. Kingstonist is not publishing that photo at this point, pending confirmation of its filing with Kingston Police.

2 thoughts on “Update: Police warn of paving scam in Kingston neighbourhoods

  • “Bad paving jobs and Irish accents” made my spidey senses tingle. In the UK, The Irish Travellers, a [‘Roma’ like group] have been plying this scam for many decades. I’d look there! Check passports and money transfers.

  • I called. They said the call volume on this has been high and ask that you enter a report at kingstonpolice.ca

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