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Residents warned of scams

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January 11, 2017

Victorians have been phoned by people portraying themselves as insurance representatives, offering compensation payments as a way of getting personal information.

Victorians are being warned to look out for scammers who are ripping off elderly and vulnerable people.

An elderly person was recently approached in person by a man offering roof repairs.

About $20000 in cash instalments was paid before the victim realised it was a scam. An RACV assessor has since confirmed 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 compensation payments as a way of getting personal information, such as bank details, from the victim.

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

In the 2014-15 financial year, Consumer Affairs Victoria received 149 complaints about travelling conmen, with almost $437000 in reported losses.

Consumer Affairs Victoria warned travelling conmen would often ask for cash before they began work. If they did any work, it was often left unfinished and of a poor standard.

For more information visit the Consumer Affairs website.

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