Itinerant traders are conmen and groups who specialise in scams like bitumen laying, roof painting and back of truck deals on electronic goods. Travelling conmen and groups structure their unlawful operations to minimise the ability of consumers to get remedies in courts and consumer tribunals, or through dispute resolution.
What should I look out for?
Be suspicious of people who:
- Knock on your door unexpectedly.
- Offer cheap deals using words like '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.
Protect yourself and your community:
- If you suspect a travelling con man is knocking, don’t open your door.
- If you do speak to them, ask them to leave. If they refuse, they’re breaking the law.
- Record as much information as you can, such as their name and vehicle registration, and report them.
- Don’t be tempted by unexpected cheap deals – they may be much more expensive in the long run.
- Warn your friends, family and neighbours.
If you decide you need work done on your house, you should:
- Shop around for the quote that is right for you.
- Only use established tradespeople who provide written quotes.
- Ask for contact details of previous clients for references.
- Do not sign any agreement until you are ready.
To report any suspicious activities by itinerant traders, call Consumer Protection on 1300 304 054 or email email@example.com. Information including descriptions of the offenders, vehicle registration numbers and business names will assist in investigating the matter.
SUPPORT: For assistance and counselling services please go to ScamNet - Help for Victims. If you need to speak to someone urgently call Lifeline on 13 11 14.