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Travelling conmen 

Stop travelling conmen

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.Stop travelling conmen image, with women and text saying "I already have a good tradesman".

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Hotline: If you are approached by conmen call the national hotline on 1300 133 408 (8.30am to 5pm, Mon - Fri).

Can you pick the con man?

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.

What should I look out for?

Be suspicious of people who:

  • offer cheap deals 'for today only'
  • ask for cash up front
  • offer to drive you to the bank to get money for payment
  • make you feel pressured to accept their offer
  • disappear and leave the job unfinished or of poor standard.

Watch the video 'Can you pick the travelling con man?'

Watch a real life story about being scammed by travelling conmen

What if a con man calls on me?

This is what you should do:

  • Don't open the door if you are unsure who the caller is
  • Say no
  • Record as much information as you can, such as their name and vehicle registration
  • Report them to the national hotline on 1300 133 408 (8:30am-5pm Mon-Fri)
  • Warn your friends, family and neighbours.

Protect yourself

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:

  • shop around for the quote that is right for you
  • only use licensed tradespeople who provide written quotes
  • don't sign any agreement until you are ready
  • ask for contact details or previous clients for references.


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