Dodgy backpackers selling 'phony art'
DODGY backpackers are trying to sell phony art under the guise of being art students, a Toowoomba man has warned.
Jon Alijagic said he wanted to warn the public that two backpackers were going around Toowoomba knocking on doors, trying to sell phony art.
"They are scamming anyone who buys their 'art'," he said.
"They are nothing more than cheap oil paintings off the internet from China."
Mr Alijagic said the men had been through Hodgson Vale, Top Camp, Middle Ridge and Rangeville.
"I live in Top Camp and have friends who were approached in the other suburbs," he said.
Mr Alijagic said he wanted to warn people so that no one was taken advantage of.
Act Sgt Dan Todd from Toowoomba Police said he was unaware of any reports of the scammers.
He said it was lawful for people to go to a front door, but if they refused to leave they could be charged with trespassing.
He said basic security advice for residents was not to allow strangers access to their home.
"Don't open the door and, if for example they're collecting for charities, they should have identification specifying who they are and where they are from."
The backpackers approached Mr Alijagic's home on Monday night about 7pm.
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The rules governing how people deal with door-to-door salespeople is different from shopping at a store or online
This is because you did not seek out, or solicit, the business to buy from them.
Those types of sales are known as unsolicited consumer agreements.
Door-to-door sellers are not allowed to approach any residence displaying a do-not-knock notice.
They must follow certain rules around contact hours, disclosure, written agreements and cooling off periods.
They are not allowed to approach houses during the week after 6pm.
Mr Alijagic said he was concerned people could be fooled by the scammers.
He believes the oil paintings being sold for $150 are worth just $20.
You can make a complaint if door-to-door salesman don't follow these rules.