‘Bitumen Bandits’ strike Gladstone
SO-called "bitumen bandits" are targeting unwitting residents in the Gladstone region.
The Office of Fair Trading issued a warning for residents in the Gladstone region, saying "a group of door to door salesman … carrying or mimicking the name of a reputable local business" are offering cheap deals on asphalt driveways.
But the jobs are shoddy.
If history is anything to go off, the Government department said, the "bitumen bandits" make offers that are "too good to be true" and then leave the customer to foot the bill of their dodgy work.
"Bitumen bandits perform substandard work using watered-down materials and often leave without completing the job," the department said in a statement.
"They often hand out business cards in an attempt to appear legitimate."
The department also reminded Gladstone residents that it's illegal for door-to-door traders to take upfront payments of more than $100 and they must leave a premises immediately if they are asked to do so.
The Office of Fair Trading is also warning Beecher residents of the "bitumen bandits".
How to tell if it's a scam:
- Traders with no business address
- Traders who can only cite contact details such as,
o a post office box
o suite number
o email address or
o mobile phone