SCAM ALERT: Bitumen scammers targeting elderly
AT A time when older residents are already particularly vulnerable, a new band of scammers has taken aim at the Lockyer Valley's elderly population.
Gatton police are warning residents, particularly the elderly, to be wary of contractors offering to carry out cheap bitumen work.
Senior Constable Christopher Barron reported that on Wednesday, March 18, an unknown man of Irish decent attended an address in Adare and forcefully convinced the elderly residents to take him up on cheap bitumen resurfacing for their driveway.
The work apparently took less than an hour to complete and the man demanded payment of $6600 immediately.
"For those not aware this is a common scam undertaken by individuals, often of Irish gypsy decent that have equipment and experience in road surfacing," Const Barron said.
"They will set up a company that appears legit, real ABN, business cards, etc and will target vulnerable, elderly residents, offering extraordinarily cheap bitumen resurfacing, claiming they have completed a nearby council or Roadtek job and have leftover product to get rid of."
He said the scammers usually did some work, and promised to complete it later.
"They'll do some poor-quality work that will typically be done in an hour, demand five-six grand immediately, and off they go, never to be seen again," he said.
The company involved in the current scam is called Elite Roads Oz, which is known for similar fraudulent work elsewhere in the state.
"It looks like they were recently active up in North Queensland," Const Barron said.
"Having dudded customers up there, they have moved and set up shop in the Lockyer Valley."
In addition to the incident at Adare, further cases have been reported in the Laidley area.
Anyone who has been the victim of the scam, or has any information, is asked to report it to their local police station.