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Warning over dodgy Vic tradies

AAP logoAAP 20/10/2016 Rachel Gray

Dodgy tradies are scamming thousands of dollars for jobs they never finish from home owners looking to clean up after wild Victorian storms.

The con artists are approaching home owners with offers of "cheap" cash jobs, seeking payment up front but not finishing the work.

Consumer Affairs Victoria had 149 complaints about travelling con artists in 2015/16, with almost $437,000 in reported losses, and Victorians are being warned to be alert again.

Bundoora home-owner Chris Pitharas paid $1000 to a man who approached him offering to paint his windows, doors and the facade of his house.

The tradie left after the second day, forcing Mr Pitharas to fork out more than $1900 to patch up the damage done.

"These scammers strike after natural disasters, like floods or wild winds, when people are vulnerable and desperate to repair their homes," Consumer Affairs Minister Marlene Kairouz said on Thursday.

"If you suspect a travelling con man is at your door, ask them to leave. If they refuse, they are breaking the law."

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