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Watch out for travelling con artists

29 November, 2013Posted in: Community
 

The Mayor of Wingecarribee Shire Council, Councillor Juliet Arkwright, is warning residents to be on the lookout for scam artists offering to undertake maintenance work on properties in the local area on behalf of Council.

Council has received reports of residents being approached by door-to-door salespeople requesting money to paint kerbside numbering, and claiming to have the authority of Council to do so.

“These con artists are operating illegally and do not have the permission of Council to be undertaking these works,” Mayor Arkwright said.

“I would urge anyone who is approached by these unscrupulous people to closely observe the offender’s description and vehicle and report the matter to the authorities.”

For any work on a public road, contractors must have necessary approvals, traffic control and insurance.

“As these salespeople have been issued no written consent, the work they are offering to undertake is both fraudulent and illegal,” Mayor Arkwright said.

If you are approached by a tradesperson fraudulently offering kerbside painting services on behalf of Council please phone the Bowral Police on (02) 4862 9299 or the Department of Fair Trading on 13 32 20.

For more information about travelling con artists, please visit www.stoptravellingconmen.org.