This is in fact the second year in a row the same suspect tried to run this scam, and here's more on why it's a crime.
One woman who did not want to be identified says she knew something was wrong the moment she saw the suspect's face. "He came to the door and didn't give a name or where he was from, but he said 'I see that your parking lot needs to be paved, I'd like to give you a price on paving your parking lot' and I said 'that wont be necessary'. I don't think he recognized me but he had approached me...the year before, so I went and called the Crime Prevention Unit at the Amarillo city police and spoke with an officer".
The Amarillo Police Department says several people in the Hollywood road area fell victim to the scammer last spring and even though no contract was signed, the suspect's actions are still a crime.
Sgt. Randy TenBrink said "If he just comes and says 'I'm gonna build a road for you for a thousand dollars' and then 'I'll be back with my equipment 'and then takes your money and leaves, that's theft. If he comes and uses materials that are way substandard from what he actually advertises, then its fraud".
The suspect has given witnesses estimates as high as 25 thousand dollars, but then negotiates for a lower price.
And although police say it may be tempting...you should be wary. Sgt. TenBrink added "Never give money up front. Not for any kind of service in Amarillo. Call the Better Business Bureau, and if it looks too good to be true, its a scam".