Launch of travelling con men campaign 2015

Hon Jane Garrett MP launches ‘Travelling con men campaign’, an awareness campaign by Consumer Affairs Victoria in conjunction with Crime Stoppers Victoria to prevent Victorians from being conned out of their money by scammers pretending to be qualified tradesmen.

These con men pressure people into paying upfront for maintenance work around the house, at farms or in small businesses. If they do any work it is often unfinished or of a poor standard.

Travelling con men will be active a particular area. Therefore it is important to warn Consumer Affairs Victoria as soon as you witness suspicious activity to protect your neighbours. If you suspect a travelling con man has been at your door or in your area you can the travelling con men hotline on 1300 133 408.

This awareness campaign will run across Victoria until March 2016.

Here is a link to Doreen’s story. Travelling con men target senior citizens like Doreen.

http://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/resources-and-education/scams/travelling-con-men

 

Travelling con men also target members of the community who do not speak much English. Here is advice, translated into 23 languages (Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Chin (Hakha), Croatian, Dari, Dinka, Farsi, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Karen, Korean, Macedonian, Maltese, Nuer, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish, Vietnamese)

http://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/resources-and-education/other-languages

 

Stop Travelling Con Men Facebook page and hashtag

https://www.facebook.com/StopTravellingConMen

#NoToConMen

 

14 January 2015