Travelling conmen

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Western Australians are being ripped off by 'bitumen bandits' and other dodgy con men offering cheap deals valid for 'today only'.

Jobs such as painting, roof repairs and sealing driveways are common tasks they offer at a cheap rate, often putting the resident under pressure to say yes.

Travelling con men frequently disappear and leave the job unfinished or complete the work to a poor standard.

If you suspect travelling con men in your area, call the national hotline 1300 133 408.

If you have any problems using the hotline, please call 1300 304 054.

Check out our Facebook campaign and interactive map.

Travelling con men advertisement, by OCBASA

What to look for

Be suspicious of people who:

  • knock on your door unexpectedly
  • offer cheap deals using words like 'for today only'
  • ask for cash up front
  • offer to drive you to the bank to get money for payment
  • make you feel pressured to accept their offer.

Protect yourself and your community:

If you suspect a travelling con man is knocking, don’t open your door.

  • If you do speak to them, ask them to leave. If they refuse, they’re breaking the law.
  • Record as much information as you can, such as their name and vehicle registration, and report them.
  • Don’t be tempted by unexpected cheap deals – they may be much more expensive in the long run.
  • Warn your friends, family and neighbours.

Do you need actual work done?

If you decide you need work done on your house, you should:

  • shop around for the quote that is right for you
  • only use established tradespeople who provide written quotes
  • ask for contact details of previous clients for references
  • do not sign any agreement until you are ready. 

Report travelling con men

Call the national hotline:

1300 133 408 (weekdays 8:30am to 5:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time, Daylight Saving Time)

Tweet using the hashtag #stopconmen.

Related information

 View advice from WAScamNet

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