Travelling conmen

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Have travelling con men knocked on your door?

If the travelling con men are on your property or in your immediate area, call Police on 131 444.  If they have left the area, contact Crimestoppers 1800 333 000.

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 the travelling con men are on your property or in your immediate area, call Police on 131 444.  If they have left the area, contact Crimestoppers 1800 333 000.

If you are able, try to get helpful details for the Police to investigate such as:

  • licence plate number,
  • make and model of car,
  • description of the con men,
  • flyers or other promotional material and
  • any other useful details. 

If you need any further advice or assistance, please contact Consumer Protection Contact Centre team on 1300 304 054 or email.

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 (door-to-door sales).
  • 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.
  • Share on your local social media groups - Tweet/post using the hashtag #stopconmen.

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

  • Contact the WA Police or Crimestoppers

Related information

 View advice from WAScamNet


If you do not wish to deal with uninvited door to door sellers you should display a Do Not Knock sticker on your front door or near the doorbell.


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