People living the lower South East, the Riverland and the Adelaide Hills are being warned to keep a close eye out for so-called “bitumen bandits” that have been targeting consumers in the area.
Commissioner for Consumer Affairs Dini Soulio said Consumer and Business Services has received reports that people in Victorian and New South Wales-plated cars have been targeting people living in Millicent, Mount Barker and the Riverland.
“We’re aware of one case where a consumer appears to have lost over $15,000 to these unscrupulous people,” he said.
“From the reports we have received, we have reasonable grounds to suspect these people aren’t licensed and that they’ll either take the money and run, or do an incredibly poor job of laying any bitumen.
“Often these people will target seemingly vulnerable consumers – such as elderly people living alone – and use high pressure tactics to convince people to part with their money.
“It simply isn’t worth the risk.
“If you’re approached by someone check that they’re appropriately licensed, and ask to see some photo ID to verify that they are who they say they are.
“And, if you have any concerns, you can always contact CBS for advice.”
To check the public register, head to https://www.cbs.sa.gov.au/find-a-licence-holder or you can also contact CBS on 131-882.