Saturday, December 16, 2017

RACV releases warning on travelling con men

David Lee January 19, 2017

RACV is warning locals to be on the lookout for scammers, who are ripping off elderly and vulnerable people, with reports coming through that travelling con men are approaching homes and taking tens of thousands of dollars from unsuspecting victims.

One report stated that a man offering roof repairs had recently approached a member of RACV in person. The elderly person paid about $20,000 in cash instalments before realising it was a scam. An assessor of RACV has also since confirmed that the roof was not in need of repair.

There have also been other reports of rogue tradies turning up unannounced at homes in regional Victoria.

In another scam, Victorians have been phoned by people portraying themselves as insurance representatives, offering motor insurance claim compensation payments as a way of getting personal information including bank details from the victim.

RACV general manager insurance, Mark Geraghty is advising locals to never accept an unsolicited offer of home maintenance work such as roof repairs or to give out personal information to anyone making unsolicited phone calls.

A joint campaign by Consumer Affairs Victoria and Crime Stoppers Victoria is also warning Victorians about building scams.

In the 2014/15 financial year, Consumer Affairs Victoria received 149 complaints about travelling con men, with almost $437,000 in reported losses.