RESIDENTS in and around Mount Tamborine are being warned to be wary of dodgy tradesmen offering to repair their driveway.
The Office of Fair Trading issued a warning to consumers in the area on Friday morning after receiving reports of an itinerant trader approaching residents in the area offering driveway repairs and bitumen services.
The OFT said scammers are known to operate as itinerant bitumen layers, leaving consumers out of pocket, and often mix and match their sales pitches to suit the consumers they are targeting.
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“Often they claim they have bitumen left over from another job and so they can offer it at a ‘cheap price today only’,” the OFT said in a statement on Friday.
“Sometimes watered down bitumen is laid on ungraded or poorly graded ground and consumers find themselves out of pocket twice as they later have to pay another trader to have it removed and replaced.
“On other occasions, the traders initially quote a low cost then a much higher payment is demanded during the work for it to be completed.
“Consumers sometimes comply because if the work isn’t finished they can’t get their car out of the garage.”
In extreme cases, the OFT said the scammers simply take large deposits, perform no work and never return.
“Consumers have no way to get a refund as these types of traders usually vanish,” the OFT said.
“Consumers are reminded door-to-door traders must generally not accept payment or commence work on a property within a 10 business day cooling-off period, and consumers can cancel any agreement within this period without penalty.”
If you think you have seen these traders, contact the Office of Fair Trading on 13 QGOV (13 74 68) so their movements can be tracked and residents warned.