Sunshine Coast Police are warning residents to be mindful of people going door-to-door offering bitumen services requesting immediate payments.
Police understand that these scammers have recently been active in the Maleny, Palmwoods, Mooloolah Valley and Cooroy areas.
These scammers often tell residents that they have left over bitumen from a previous job and can fix up their driveway at a fraction of the cost.
They often complete the job in record-breaking time using what appears to be an inferior product with questionable workmanship.
They may become aggressive when the finished job is questioned, demanding immediate payment before leaving without rectifying the job.
The best way for homeowners to avoid a scam or possible shoddy handymen is:
• say no – at first;
• seek more information – from independent sources such as family, friends, neighbours, newspaper advertisements or past clients;
• reputable businesses will be happy to provide you with full contact details so that you can follow-up on their services;
• obtain a written quote;
• seek an agreement with the person offering the service that all monies will be paid at the satisfactory completion of the job and not up front;
• regulatory authorities who are responsible for license and regulation of various trades such as plumbing, building and electrical etc, should be contacted to ascertain if the handyman is currently licensed; and
• if the offer turns out to be safe and good for you, you can always say yes later.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.
You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.