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Consumers urged to be wary of unsolicited offers of bitumen work

03 Feb 2020 10:46am

Police are echoing a warning to residents in the metropolitan area as well as the Adelaide Hills about a group of men offering to do bitumen work for cash.

The Commissioner for Consumer Affairs Dini Soulio issued a public alert today about the so-called ‘bitumen bandits’ who do not have appropriate business licences and have been responsible for sub-standard work.

Mr Soulio said the itinerant tradies often go door to door, claiming to have some leftover bitumen from roadworks, and offering to work on a consumer's driveway for a reduced price.

"These people aren't licensed, and the work they do is always of a poor standard," Mr Soulio said.

"In recent days, we have received reports of sightings in Ferryden Park, Unley, Mount Compass and Windsor Gardens. We have also been advised that they may be advertising around Verdun."

Mr Soulio urged consumers to be on the lookout, and exercise extreme caution when dealing with unsolicited offers for bitumen work.

Police also received a report last week of a man offering to lay a bitumen driveway at a reduced price after claiming he worked for the council and had surplus bitumen from a job they were working on at Mt Barker.

Consumers are reminded to ask tradespeople to produce their SA builder’s licence card, or check if they are licensed by using the online CBS licensing register https://www.cbs.sa.gov.au/find-a-licence-holder

Anyone with information about these men is urged to call CBS on 131 882. For more information please visit https://www.cbs.sa.gov.au/news/bitumen-bandits-back-prowl