Stop travelling conmen is a campaign to protect the Australian community from misleading and deceptive conduct by people pretending to be legitimate tradespeople. It is a joint initiative by all Australian state and territory consumer protection agencies.
Facebook: Visit the Stop travelling conmen Facebook page at www.facebook.com/StopTravellingConMen
Interactive map: Are travelling conmen in your area? Check the interactive map for reports around Australia at www.stoptravellingconmen.org
Hotline: If you are approached by conmen call the national hotline on 1300 133 408 (8.30am to 5pm, Mon - Fri).
They all could be. You can't tell if someone is dodgy just by the way they look. Be wary of people who turn up at your door unexpectedly with 'special' deals on equipment or work around your property.
Jobs such as painting, roof repairs and sealing driveways are common tasks they offer at a cheap rate.
Travelling conmen move from place to place, often in well-organised groups and put pressure on residents to have work done on their house. They ask for cash up front and often take the money and run, leaving the job unfinished or poorly done.
Be suspicious of people who:
This is what you should do:
Don't be tempted by unexpected cheap deals - they may be much more expensive in the long run. If you decide you need to get work done on your house, you should: