Dodgy bitumen tradies preying on vulnerable residents
BUNDABERG residents are being warned to keep a lookout for conniving bitumen tradies preying on vulnerable people offering deals "too good to be true”.
An Office of Fair Trading spokesman said a group of door-to-door traders offering cheap deals on asphalt for driveways and only accepting upfront payments were hitting the streets of Gin Gin.
The spokesman said people should be wary if approached by traders offering bitumen laying or other home maintenance in return for upfront cash payment.
"Bitumen bandits perform substandard work using watered-down materials and often leave without completing the job,” the spokesman said.
"They often hand out business cards in an attempt to appear legitimate, sometimes carrying or mimicking the name of a reputable local business.
"It is illegal for door-to-door traders to take any upfront payments or deposits for services valued at more than $100.”
The spokesman said door-to-door traders must leave your premises immediately if asked to do so.
"Consumers must be given a 10-business-day cooling-off period and be provided with documentation to enable them to cancel the contract at any stage during this period,” he said.
Residents should 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.
Anyone who has concerns about traders who have approached them door-to-door should note a description, vehicle registration number and report it to the Office of Fair Trade on 13 74 68.