Tamworth travelling conman warning issued

NSW Fair Trading is urging people in the Tamworth area to be vigilant following reports of travelling conmen door-knocking homes in the area.

“Tamworth residents should be wary of anyone approaching them at home and trying to pressure them into purchasing products or services,” NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe said.

“A common scenario is for the visitor to offer a supposed ‘special deal’ on a service such as driveway resurfacing, tree lopping, painting, window cleaning or general repairs.

“No matter how good the deal sounds, don’t fall for it. Travelling conmen are opportunists who will use every conceivable trick to make money, particularly from vulnerable members of the community.

“They rarely deliver what they promise and homeowners will be left to clean up the mess. It can be a very distressing situation in which consumers are sometimes left thousands of dollars out of pocket.”

Anyone with information can call the Travelling Conmen Hotline on 1300 133 408.