Queensland Police searching for door-to-door scammers

Deception Bay police are warning the community to be on alert after two men were reported scamming elderly residents in the Deception Bay and Ipswich areas.

The men are claiming to be road workers and negotiate a price to conduct the work on the spot but fail to complete the job and then threaten residents for payment.

The latest incident occurred on Friday, March 10 around 11.30am where two men attended a Deception Bay residence in a white utility full of gravel. When the 78-year-old male resident told them he wouldn’t pay until the job was completed, a verbal argument ensued and the men allegedly restrained him to search him before stealing approximately $1500.

There have been at least four linked offences reported to police in the last week. Police have released images of two men from an incident at Ningi and a serious assault on March 8 in Warwick who may be able to assist with their inquiries.

One of the men is described as being older with a heavy build, around 175-180cm tall with short red hair and an Irish accent. The second man is described as being younger with a muscular build, around 180-185cm tall, having short black hair and an Irish accent. Both men were seen wearing fluoro work vests, dark trousers and work boots.

The men are believed to be driving a white Mitsubishi Triton with Victorian registration 1FH 5ZV.

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Michael Hogan of Moreton South Criminal Investigation Branch said that these scammers are traveling door-to-door and preying on elderly people who may have trouble maintaining their homes.

“You should be wary about anyone that tries to convince you to hire their services on the spot,” Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Hogan said.

“According to the Office of Fair Trading, genuine Door-to-Door traders must give you a cooling off period of ten business days to change your mind, not take any money during the cooling off period and not begin any service during this time.

“We are urging members of the community to be aware of this scam and to report any suspicious activity to police.”

For more information on what to look out for with door-to-door salespeople visit the below website:

https://www.qld.gov.au/law/your-rights/consumer-rights-complaints-and-scams/buying-products-and-services/understanding-sales-practices/rules-door-to-door-salespeople-must-follow/

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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