UNION COUNTY — Irish Travelers have been reported in Union County and Union County Sheriff David Taylor is urging the public not to fall for their scams.
In a statement released Thursday, Taylor said that the Irish Travelers are out of Murphy Village which is located outside of North Augusta, SC. He said that with a population of approximately 2,500, Murphy Village has the largest and most affluent community of Irish Travelers in this area.
Taylor said he received a phone call Monday night from a resident in the Cross Keys area that someone had left a business card on his front door while he was not home. He said the homeowner told him that the business card was from Global Ace Asphalt at 1241 Edgefield Road, North Augusta, SC.
Taylor said his office looked up the name of the company on the web and found such a company but at a different address. Upon further investigation, Taylor said his office was able to identify one of the individuals out of Murphy Village. He said that the individual’s initial rapport is to present a proposal to pave the driveway using the tar and chip method. Taylor said the individual has in some incidents charged a victim as much as $10,000 over a normal estimate. In some incidents, Taylor said the Irish Traveler would inform the victims that he had extra material, offering to pave a portion of the driveway and would then offer to continue paving at a discounted price. To gain credibility, Taylor said the Traveler will tell the victims he paves the pads around cell towers.
Taylor says that the Irish Travelers have many deceitful scams they use to prey on honest people. He said some of those scams are painting houses, surveying land next door, and maintenance repairman, just to name a few.
Taylor said that if anyone has been contacted in a similar fashion they should contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office at 864-429-1612 or call 911.
This story was submitted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office.