Check credentials of tradespeople

FLYERS in the letterbox advertising trade services are a common occurrence but police are warning local residents to check the credentials of tradespeople before handing over any money.

A Pialba man is wondering if he will ever see his lawn mower again after handing it over to a repairer who had advertised through a letter-box drop.

The mower owner paid for the machine to be repaired on September 3 – the same day the mower was handed over to the repair man.

But nearly two weeks later the mower still has not been returned and the owner is more than $100 out of pocket.

Police are investigating but no charges have been laid.

Sergeant Peter Bennet, however, said people should always be careful when employing tradespeople.

“People need to be aware and check the credentials and qualifications of the tradespeople doing these sort of jobs,” he said.

“This man took it at face value and in good faith that the person was providing a convenient service.

“There are hazards of doing business this way.”

Anyone with concerns can contact the Office of Fair Trading on 13 74 68 for advice or to make a complaint.



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