Travelling con men and scams in caravan and residential parks

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Travelling con men in caravan parks

Travelling con men often stay in caravan and holiday parks while they go about ripping off the local community.

They call or door-knock homes and businesses, offering ‘today only’ deals on jobs such as painting, roof repairs and sealing driveways.

After using high-pressure sales tactics to get payment in cash, they often leave the work unfinished or of a poor standard.

Travelling con men often target elderly or vulnerable people at home during the day.

How to spot travelling con men in your park

  • Look out for large groups of people, often extended families, with vehicles containing work materials.
  • They are particularly active in summer and after natural disasters, such as bushfires or floods.

Report suspected travelling con men

  • Record as much information as you can, such as their name and vehicle registration.
  • Call the national hotline: 1300 133 408, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays). Calling this number costs the same as a local call. Additional charges may apply if you are calling from overseas, on a mobile or payphone.
  • Report them to your local police.

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