Dodgy tricks the work of conmen

HOUSEHOLDERS across the region have been warned to be on the look-out for travelling conmen after reports of Irish travellers and others who work bitumen scams being reported in the Dubbo and Orange areas.

Acting Fair Trading commissioner John Tansey said two groups had been reported this week. He said travelling conmen and groups could be working anywhere in the state and were known to move quickly to new areas once detected.

“One Irish group has reportedly hired a van in Dubbo and another domestic group appear to be operating in Orange,” Mr Tansey said.

“Fair Trading continues to investigate travelling conmen and groups and issue warnings to consumers undertaking home building and maintenance work – check trade licences, call Fair Trading for advice, avoid cash payments and report any suspicious activity or approaches to the Travelling Conmen national hotline on 1300 133 408.”

Mr Tansey said travelling conmen and groups traditionally do bitumen, roofing, construction, cleaning of surfaces using high-pressure water hoses, as well as other home maintenance jobs.

They are generally unlicensed, do a very poor-quality job, take cash payments and disappear soon after.

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