Police want public to report suspicious door-to-door tradies
RUMOURS are surfacing about dodgy tradies on Tweed-based Facebook pages, with posters suspicious of the motives of the men involved.
Tweed Police officers are unaware of any door-to-door scam involving the supposed tree loppers.
However, they are encouraging Tweed residents to report any suspicious activity.
"I seen on one of these sites the other day about a guy going around and getting his kids to come to your door and ask if you need any trees chopped down?" a woman wrote on a local Facebook page yesterday.
"It was looking dodge! (sic) I just had them come to my door? Anyone know if this is legit or not? Bit scary."
Other posters mentioned they had been approached by the same men in recent weeks and were worried they were scoping out their premises prior to a robbery.
The group of tradies is believed to consist of two teenagers and an older man.
Some valuable words of wisdom were shared by a women posting on the page.
"I have a tree business in Sydney. If you use this guy, you must sight his liability and workers compensation insurance," she said.
"It is your right to see them. Anybody can have a business card printed with fully insured written on it.
Also, never pay until the job is complete. On the whole, it looks very unprofessional anyway. If you see them, tell them you rent."
Tweed Byron LAC Inspector Greg Jago said he had not heard about the door-to-door tradies, but encouraged Tweed residents to report any suspicious activity to police.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission can also be contacted on 1300 302 502 if a scam is suspected.