Fake Tradies Target Elderly With Door To Door Scam

Police release photos of wanted men

Fake Tradies Target Elderly With Door To Door Scam

Pic: supplied by Queensland Police

Police want us to warn our elderly family members about a couple of fake Irish tradies doing the rounds ripping people off. 

The men have allegedly targeted older residents in the Deception Bay and Ipswich areas. They're wanted over at least four separate incidents over the past week.  

Investigators say the men are claiming to be road workers and negotiate a price to complete a job.. trouble is, they never finish the work, but make threats to the homeowner about payment. 

In the latest incident, which happened mid-morning on Friday last week, the two men went to a house at Deception Bay with their ute full of gravel. When the 78 year old homeowner told them he wouldn’t pay until the job was completed, an argument broke out and the men allegedly restrained him to search him before stealing around $1500.

Police have photos of the pair they're looking for. The images are from an incident at Ningi and a serious assault on March 8 in Warwick. 

Police say both men have Irish accents. 

The ute they're driving is 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,” 

“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"

For more information on what to look out for with door-to-door salespeople click HERE

Written by: Claire Sherwood @clairesherwood_