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How to avoid fake tradies

11 Feb, 2019

Fake tradies scammed more than $1 million from Victorians in 2017-18.

Come along to Wodonga Library for an information session presented by Consumer Affairs Victoria to learn how to avoid being ripped off by fake tradies, travelling con men and door-to-door salespeople.

The free information session will be held in the Wodonga Library meeting room between 11am and noon on Friday, February 22.

Consumer Affairs Victoria offers the below tips to avoid being scammed.

If you want work done on your house:

  • shop around for a quote that is right for you
  • use established tradespeople who provide written quotes
  • ask for contact details of previous clients, so you can check references
  • do not sign any agreement until you are ready
  • ask for the tradesman's full name and registration or licence details (if applicable) so you can check these with their industry authority - especially if you have received a pamphlet advertising their services in your mailbox
  • ask for the business's number, so you can call to confirm whether the tradesman works for them.

Particularly after disasters, be wary of anyone offering you a 'today only' deal to carry out repairs for cash.

Learn more online at consumer.vic.gov.au/faketradies