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Police warn residents of bitumen scam

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Local police are warning of a bitumen scam

Police are urging Bundaberg Region residents to be vigilant of people offering to do bitumen work at unrealistic prices.

Senior Constable Brittany Duncan said it has been reported that a tradesperson had approached potential victims with a varied sales pitch.

“They claim to have bitumen left over from a project up the road from earlier in the day and will sell the bitumen and labour for a cheaper price,” she said.

“A number of residents have reported that after agreeing to do the job, they either receive substandard work where the materials used are of very low quality or contact is unable to be made with the contractor after a deposit has been paid.

“If you do receive this type of offer, Bundaberg Police recommend not engaging with them and reporting to police immediately.”

This isn’t the first time Bundaberg has seen this type of scam in the area.

The same bitumen scam was reported last year and in 2019.

If you think you have seen or have had contact from these trades persons, police recommend contacting the Office of Fair Trade on 13QGOV (13 74 68) or click here to go to their website.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

Report crime information anonymously via Crime Stoppers.

Call 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au.

Quote this reference number: QI2102153438.