Bitumen bandits are back!

ITINERANT traders who offer to lay asphalt, otherwise known as bitumen bandits, appear to be active on the Coffs Coast.

This follows reports of the traders visiting Boambee residents on Tuesday afternoon.

They are the subject of an ongoing Office of Fair Trading investigation.

“The group is very well organised and travels as a family. They move quickly and will target all areas of the state - metropolitan and rural,” Fair Trading Commissioner Lyn Baker said.

She said the group used well-rehearsed scripts including that they 'have just completed a bitumen surfacing job down the road and have some left over and so for a reduced price can supply a bitumen surface on driveways if the consumer pays cash or with a cash cheque'.

“These rogues seem to prefer rural areas or housing estates where the homes have a substantial unpaved driveway from the street to the dwelling,” Ms Baker said.

“After completing the work, they quickly leave the area and consumers are unable to contact them or obtain refunds or warranties.

“These traders have been known to drive consumers to their bank to withdraw cash or to cash a cheque.

“Their work is always substandard and usually fails completely within two to three weeks.”

If you have information, contact Fair Trading on 13 32 20.

• HAVE you ever been conned by these bitumen bandits? If you have and want to tell your story, email us at editorial@coffscoastadvocate.com.au or contact our newsroom on 6650 2951



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