‘Travelling conmen’ warning

CONSUMERS in Tamworth and other regional areas who’ve been hit by dodgy blow-ins trawling for household work have been urged to lodge complaints with NSW Fair Trading.

The government agency has appealed to householders hit by the travelling conmen to help bring them to account.

Fair Trading Minister Stuart Ayres says victims of the conmen need to contact the department so it can track them down.

The appeal comes after a warning from Fair Trading about travelling conmen operating in the Tamworth, Moonbi and Scone areas – as well as other places across regional NSW.

Mr Ayres said there had been recent reports from Scone, where two unlicensed individuals had been approaching consumers with offers of bitumen work.

“Additional reports from Tamworth include one from the Calrossy Anglican School, as well as another two consumers, with all three rejecting offers of cut-price bitumen work,” he said.

“Staff members at the school met two men with strong Irish accents who cold-called and offered to lay bitumen on the school car park.

“The men were driving a Queensland-plated vehicle and when one was asked to provide a business card, pulled out a cash-stuffed wallet before claiming to be ‘out of cards’.

“The staff members reported the incident to local police and are helping Fair Trading identify the men.

“A further report has been received from Moonbi, north of Tamworth, of two men with English or Irish accents offering ‘leftover bitumen’ work.”

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