Bitumen bandits are back in the Tweed

A TYALGUM resident has warned of a suspicious "bitumen salesman" making the rounds of the region. 

Just four days ago, NSW Fair Trading released a warning about salespeople offering cheap "leftover" bitumen. 

Then, the Lismore and Wollongbar communities were targeted, as well as the Blue Mountains. 

On Monday morning, they were in the Tweed. 

Tyalgum resident Peter Bennett said about 11am, a door-to-door salesman with what seemed to be a European accent approached him in his home, offering "cheap" bitumen work. 

Fitting with NSW Fair Trading's previous warning, Mr Bennett said the salesman claimed to have just finished another job, and was left with surplus material. 

There have also been reports of such salesmen claiming to have a leaking tanker, then offering a "good price" for the product. 

Mr Bennett said the salesman was offering to lay an emulsion for $18 per square metre. 

But a local contractor has confirmed that's double the usual asking price of bitumen - and said the emulsion offered wasn't designed to last. 

Mr Bennett said the salesman produced a brochure, but did not allow him to keep it. 

The salesman allegedly gave no phone number, ABN or business name. 

Cash or direct debit payment on the day of work was demanded. 

While Mr Bennett wasn't fooled, residents who are approached by salespeople who can't produce any evidence of the legitimacy of their business have been urged to think twice. 

NSW Fair Trading warns of dodgy bitumen salesmen in Northern NSW



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