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Wayne County sheriff warns of barn-painting scam

Posted November 8, 2012

— The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a barn-painting scam.

Authorities said Thursday they are investigating a report from a landowner who said a man approached him to talk about painting some of his barns. The man acted like he knew the landowner, but the landowner told deputies he was sure he didn’t know him.

The landowner gave deputies the man’s South Carolina license plate number, and deputies confirmed the truck owner is in a group called the Irish Travelers, based partially out of South Carolina.

Authorities said members of the group approach people about painting barns at a cheap price. The scammers use watered-down paint that is usually mixed with gasoline, then say the barn needs more coats of paint at an additional charge. Authorities said the paint usually washes off in a hard rain.

Wayne County deputies said they have arrested members of the Irish Travelers in the past, including one case in which two members talked to a woman about buying flooring while another sneaked into her home and stole money.


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  • piene2 Nov 9, 2012

    "I have a four-legged defence for anyone that wants to come up my driveway unannounced, just for people like this.

    And I have a big can of the old style of Mace,actually several cans that was taken off the civilian market because it was way too strong.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Nov 9, 2012

    Had my tin roof painted a few years ago. I knew the the painter personally and trusted him, but I still purchased the paint myself and knew how much it would take to paint the roof and he was instructed not to thin the oil based paint.

    Employ those in your own community if possible to prevent fraud or track them if fraud errutps.

  • OleNCNative Nov 9, 2012

    Hmmmm... painting a barn with gasoline seems like it might be against code.

  • lfields2 Nov 9, 2012

    I have a four-legged defence for anyone that wants to come up my driveway unannounced, just for people like this.

  • just my2cents Nov 9, 2012

    Choot em, Lisabet! Seriously, it's past time for us to start defending our homes, families and ourselves. The police can't do but so much....

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  • Frogm3n Nov 8, 2012

    Don't trust the Irish Travelers.........

  • piene2 Nov 8, 2012

    "Don't worry people. Obama will take care of painting your barn
    AX MAN"

    How very funny! I knew it would not take long to drag our recently reelected president into this story. Why not look at in depth? bush would have declared war on the barn and blew it to smithereens.

  • GravyPig Nov 8, 2012

    "To think if that much effort was put to an honest way of making a living."

    I know, I'm sure it takes more time to dilute the paint. They still have to cover the whole barn.

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 8, 2012

    November 8, 2012 5:20 p.m......While what you say is most likely true, I just wanted to let some know that painting of old roof top especially moble homes with tin roofs are legit. IF you have doublt ask for reference with phone numbers. Or better yet check with better business B. A lot of people have their older Moble home painted with coolseal, but the new stuff now is a whole lot better and does save a lot on electric bill in summer. Most charge from 250.00 to 350.00 dollars, so if some claims less, ya got a scram on your hands.