NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe is warning residents in northern NSW to avoid travelling conmen.
Fair Trading has received reports of conmen with Irish or English accents seeking bitumen-laying work in Lismore and the Byron Bay area.
Mr Stowe said the agency had been told one of the men is described as being in his 40s with a goatee beard.
‘They are approaching consumers and seeking work, providing the usual story that they have been working nearby and have leftover bitumen and can offer a good deal,’ he said.
‘We believe this is a group of conmen who were previously working in southeast Queensland.
‘They are driving a Hino truck and a Great Wall utility with Queensland number plates.’
Mr Stowe said travelling conmen continued to be a scourge on the community.
He encouraged anyone with any information about them or anyone who has been approached by them to call the national travelling conmen hotline on 1300 133 408.
‘Don’t deal with these people,’ he warned.
‘They are not legitimate tradespeople and any work they do will be substandard, if completed at all.
‘Visit the Stop Travelling Conmen Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/StopTravellingConMen and check the interactive map for reports of travelling conmen at www.stoptravellingconmen.org.