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Travelling conmen spotted in Lake Macquarie 

26 February 2015

NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe is warning residents in the Lake Macquarie area to avoid contracting with anyone offering to do roofing work or odd jobs around the house for cash payments.

Mr Stowe said Fair Trading had received reports that traders with Irish accents had been travelling door-to-door in the Eleebana area.

“Several consumers identified the trader’s licence plate and vehicle details and the trader is known to Fair Trading and Police as a travelling conman,” he said.

“We believe the trader is operating under the business name ‘All Weatherproof Roofing Restoration’ and is reportedly traveling in a vehicle with Victorian licence ‘ZQF-478.’

“It is reported the trader may be accompanied by a group of other men with Irish and English accents.

“Anyone who has been approached by or contracted with these men should call the national Travelling Conmen Hotline on 1300 133 408.”

Fair Trading recommends people do not deal with itinerant conmen. They are unscrupulous, often targeting the frail and the elderly and can become quite intimidating and threatening when challenged. For work requiring a contractor’s licence, consumers can check licence details online at the Fair Trading website, or call 13 32 20.

The Australian Consumer Law prohibits contractors from intimidating or threatening consumers for payment. If consumers feel threatened they should call NSW Police immediately.

The Australian Consumer Law stipulates that people door knocking or cold calling residents in NSW to offer work valued at more than $100 must tell consumers about their rights, including the right to terminate agreements and the existence of a 10 business day cooling off period for unsolicited agreements that result from cold call arrangements. Payment cannot be demanded during the 10 day cooling off period.

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Visit the Stop Travelling Conmen Facebook page and check the interactive map for reports of travelling conmen at: www.stoptravellingconmen.org.

For more information go to the Fair Trading website.

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