Conmen driving away with cash from the vulnerable

CONSUMER Protection has warned residents in Serpentine and surrounding areas not to deal with ‘Bitumen Bandits’ currently believed to be operating there.

On November 20, an elderly Serpentine resident paid $10,000 to resurface their driveway.

Consumer Protection said ‘Bitumen Bandits’ went door to door and offered to re-surface driveways on the spot and engaged in high-pressure sales tactics.

Consumer Protection believed they had put up signs in the Byford, Oakford, Armadale and Oldsbury areas to promote their services.

Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection Gary Newcombe said these travelling conmen ripped off residents and broke consumer laws by carrying out sub-standard and unsolicited works.

He said they often targeted elderly or vulnerable people.

To report travelling conmen, call Consumer Protection on 1300 30 40 54.