Gold Coast residents are being warned to remain cautious of “itinerant traders” following a recent rise in dodgy behaviour.
The Office of Fair Trading issued the warning on Thursday after receiving a number of reports of the traders approaching residents in Tugun and neighbouring suburbs on the Gold Coast.
It’s understood the traders in question are offering to pressure wash or chemical clean driveways, however Fair Trading says it’s not always legitimate.
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“Itinerant traders travel door-to-door seeking work, have no fixed address, use high-pressure sales tactics, and often provide substandard and incomplete services,” they said.
“Sometimes the scammers simply take large deposits, perform no work, and never return.”
Under Queensland law, door-to-door traders must generally not accept payment or commence work on a property within a 10 business day cooling-off period.
Householders can also cancel any agreement within this period without penalty.
Gold Coast residents wanting to report an itinerant trader can do so by contacting the Office of Fair Trading via www.qld.gov.au/fairtrading or by phoning 13 QGOV (13 74 68).