Police are urging Bundaberg Region residents to be aware of bitumen bandits offering to resurface and repair driveways or other areas around the home.
Senior Constable Darlene Webb says the tradies are known to be interstate bitumen layers and have left many home owners out of pocket.
“The tradespersons have been known to approach potential victims with a varied sales pitch where they claim to have bitumen left over from another job and offer a cheap price ‘for today only',” she said.
“One victim from the Bundaberg area reported paying a large sum of money upfront and the completed work was a very poor standard.”
Police say the materials used are of very low quality and the ground is not prepared properly.
This adds up to be a considerable cost to the victim as the substandard material has to be removed before corrective work can be undertaken.
Victims have no way to retrieve the outlaid expense as the tradespersons have completed the work (at a poor quality) which makes the complaint civil.
If you think you have seen or have had contact from these individuals, police recommend you contact the Office of Fair Trade on 13QGOV (13 74 68).
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24 hours 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 24 hours per day.
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