Warning for dodgy handymen

Minister for Fair Trading Peter Lawlor is warning dodgy itinerant traders that they will be met with the full force of the law if they target vulnerable families as they clean-up and rebuild from Cyclone Ului.

Mr Lawlor said dodgy handymen often prey on the vulnerable and may try to get jobs helping to repair homes and buildings damaged by Cyclone Ului.   "The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) often receives information about itinerant traders, particularly after events such as natural disasters, who go from town to town peddling their services,” he said.   “My concern is they might try to cash in on repair jobs in these areas.   "A lot of the time they pressure people, overcharge on the work and do a job that simply isn't up to scratch, leaving the owner with even more of a mess to fix.   Mr Lawlor said home owners should still do their checks if approached in their home by a trader and did not have to accept quotes on the spot.   "If you do not know the company go online to check their website, call their head office to confirm their existence or perhaps check with someone else in town if they've used the trader's services," he said.   Report any scams or suspicious traders to the Office of Fair Trading at or call 13 13 04.

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