Two shonky roof painters outwitted

A SUSPICIOUS neighbour saved an elderly woman from being ripped off by shonky roof painters in Gympie at the weekend.

Two conmen convinced the woman she should take up a special discounted offer to paint her house roof for less than $1000.

She received a phone call earlier in the week with a quote for around $1300 and was pressured into taking the offer when the men turned up with the hard sell.

Investigating police officer, Detective Senior Constable Michael Porrett, said two work utes arrived at the woman's home on Saturday afternoon looking convincing with ladders tied to the trays. He said she gave them permission to do the job, but after one hour of spraying the roof, they packed up expecting payment.

The woman's neighbours had been watching and when it appeared to them she was going to be ripped off, they called police.

The roof painting fraudsters failed to wash the roof and remove the rust before spraying a thin coat of paint.

Det Snr Const Porrett warned Gympie residents about this type of scam and asked everyone to be extra vigilant when approached by door-to-door salespeople.

He said always seek identification, accreditation or a licence and never make an on-the-spot decision to part with money. In this particular situation, a legitimate painter would be licensed with the Queensland Building Services Authority (BSA) and if people were still unsure they could call the Building Service Authority.

"It would be particularly helpful to police if residents took note of a vehicle's registration if they are ever approached in this way," he said, adding that this latest incident was the first scam of any kind reported to Gympie police for some time.

He urged residents to consider joining the free Do Not Call Register to reduce the chances of being scammed.

Gympie Times


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