Beware of dodgy tree loppers
GYMPIE region residents are being warned about the suspected unlawful business practices of a tree lopper who has been door-knocking neighbourhoods for work.
Fair Trading Minister Peter Lawlor said the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) had good reason to believe All Qld Tree Services was ripping people off, particularly vulnerable pensioners.
“The OFT recently launched an investigation into the practices of All Qld Tree Services and in the meantime I encourage Queenslanders to be very wary if approached at home by this company,” Mr Lawlor said.
Elevisi Moli is the proprietor of the Kingston, Brisbane-based business. Mr Moli and a group of several workers are known to travel around Queensland peddling their services to residents at home.
The OFT has also received a complaint from an 83-year-old Bundaberg man who says the group pressured him to go to the bank and withdraw $8000 to pay for two trees to be cut down and others to be trimmed.
Mr Lawlor said dodgy itinerant door-to-door traders charged too much, messed up the work and pressured people before doing a runner.
“Some approach residents by pointing out flaws in their home that apparently need fixing. They’ll often offer to drive the person down to the ATM to get their cash. When there’s a group of tradesmen in your home demanding money, it can be very intimidating.”