It’s around this time of year when people start upgrades to their homes, but an age-old driveway scam is reportedly making its way back to the Hermitage, Donelson, and Mt. Juliet areas.
Trisha Robbin said she’s a victim of the scam.
“I guess it was later that I found out it was a very bad idea,” said Robbins.
Robbins said it all began with simply wanting a new driveway for her Bonnalynn home.
“I was about to get in my car because I was running late for a doctors appointment and I see Glen driving by and he slows down, backs up, and gets out and he comes right up to me and starts telling me about this great deal that he can get me on my driveway,” said Robbins.
A job that usually costs in the thousands of dollars, Glen, the alleged scammer, now offered at a rate Robbins couldn’t refuse.
“He said, ‘If it’s cash money, I’ll do it for 200’ and I said, ‘200? Well, I’ll do it,'” said Robbins.
Robbins said what happened next is what she regrets the most.
She said Glen told her he needed the money upfront.
“So I told him to follow me to the gas station and we use the ATM and I gave him 200 cash,” said Robbins. “I just know I can’t get it back and that’s so frustrating.”
Robbins said Glen then said he would return that night to begin the job, but Glen never came back.
“I called him numerous times, but then I called police,” said Robbins.
The only trace of Glen is a written contract on a piece of paper.
Turns out, Robbins isn’t alone.
On Facebook, several other residents in the area shared their encounters with the alleged scammer.
Less than five minutes away, Timothy Tant said Glen approached him with a deal that was all too convincing.
“He says, he wants to do it for advertising, he wants to stick a sign in the yard,” said Tant. “So he’s trying to make it seem that it’s his benefit if anything to build your confidence.”
News 2 tried calling the number listed on Robbins contract, only to get no answer.
“I don’t know a part of me is thinking he’s going to come back and that’s so silly to think it’s just long gone,” said Robbins.
But if she gets that chance, she said she knows exactly what she’s going to say.
“I would say, ‘Why did you do this to me and why are you doing this to others? It’s not fair,'” said Robbins.
The Metro Police Department told News 2 these scams occur all too often.
A spokesperson encourages hiring reputable companies, warning that people showing up at your door with prices that are too good to be true, usually are.