When most people encounter scammers, they usually try to take their money or valuables. For a Florida woman, her entire driveway was stolen.
Orange County resident Amanda Brochu put her home up for sale in early December and has made investments such as replacing the roof and making minor repairs.
But a few days later, her son told her that several people had stopped by the house to measure the driveway. Brochu told WFTV that his son counted five entrepreneurs in a matter of days.
Brochu managed to confront one of them, who told him that a man named “André” had contacted him to ask for a quote for replacing a driveway. André had told the contractor that he was the owner.
The contractor gave Brochu André’s phone number and provided screenshots of text messages exchanged between him and André. The text messages showed that Andre received a quote of $7,200 to replace the driveway, which Andre accepted. However, he was unable to meet the contractor to pay the deposit.
At this point, the contractor became suspicious of Andre’s claims that he was the owner and demanded proof of ownership before commencing work. The entrepreneur has not heard from André since.
Brochu called Orange County deputies, who called Andre.
“They said he said it was a mistake. He just had the wrong address (and) nothing else will happen again,” she told WFTV.
The following week, Brochu’s entire driveway was missing. Rocki Sanchez, a real estate agent Brochu hired to sell the house, told the station, “I was in incredible shock, like completely. I’ve never seen this before. This has never happened to me or anyone in our office.
Deputies have since opened a criminal mischief investigation into the incident. They call André back, who tells them that he has nothing to do with it before hanging up.
“I just want to find the person who did this because it’s wrong that they’re targeting me and my family for this,” Brochu told WFTV.
Meanwhile, Brochu is pressed for time. She is currently under contract to purchase property nearby and had planned to use the money from the sale of her current home for the down payment.
“No one is going to buy that. This brings down the property now. And it ruins everything for me and my family,” Brochu told the station. A company she called offered her $10,000 to replace the driveway, which she doesn’t have. Brochu started a GoFundMe to help replace the driveway and drop-off.
In August, a Georgia man was arrested for allegedly stealing an all-wood porch from his neighbor. The porch was valued at $3,000.
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