Every year, thousands of Australians are targeted by scams, whether it be online, via phone, mail or even in person. Australian Community Media has compiled a list of current scams identified on sites such as scamwatch.gov.au, www.cyber.gov.au and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s website dedicated to informing people about fraudulent and dishonest activities.

Watch out for ‘bitumen bandits’

ON THE ROAD: People are being urged to watch out for travelling conmen who are offering shoddy services such as laying driveways.

  • Fair trading is urging people to be wary of travelling conmen that are passing through regional towns.
  • Dubbed the ‘bitumen bandits’ these scammers have been scammers have been active for decades, offering cheap labour, usually bitumen laying or sometimes roofing, only to take off with the consumer’s cash before completing the service or carrying out shoddy work, such as simply spraying black tinted paint.
  • Fair Trading has…

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