Tell visiting bitumen bandits to hit the road

BITUMEN bandits who targeted Maryborough residents early this month are now operating in the Bundaberg area.

A Maryborough man was hit by the scam when two men offered to level and roll his 90m driveway for $2000 using supposedly leftover bitumen from nearby roadworks.

The Office of Fair Trading is now investigating a report of them operating in the Bundaberg area.

Residents are urged to be wary if approached by traders offering bitumen laying or other home maintenance in return for up-front cash payment.

The bitumen bandits perform substandard work using watered-down materials and often leave without finishing the job.

It is illegal for door-to-door traders to take any up-front payments or deposits for services valued at more than $100.

Door-to-door traders must leave your premises immediately if asked to do so.

Residents should also be wary of traders with no business address or those that can only cite a post office box, suite number, email address or mobile phone as their contact details.

Any person who has concerns about traders should take notes about the trader and contact the Office of Fair Trading at fairtrading.qld.gov.au or by phoning 137 468.



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