Warning: Travelling Conmen - Dubbo

NSW Fair Trading is warning consumers and businesses in Dubbo and surrounding areas to be wary of anyone offering tree lopping/felling services.

Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe said the agency has received reports of a tall man of Pacific Islander/Maori appearance using the name Fui who presents with a business card in the name of M & M Greenworks Tree Service.

Initial reports of sightings came from the Orange and Bathurst area and today there was a sighting in Dubbo.

Mr Stowe said the Commissioner for Consumer Affairs in South Australia issued a warning in November 2014 about the business.

Last year residents in the Adelaide Hills were door-knocked by men offering tree-lopping services and in one case they sought to have an elderly woman accompany them to the bank to withdraw cash to pay for services before the work was commenced.

Mr Stowe said he held serious concerns the individual involved was the same trader who was the subject of the SA warning.

“Anyone with any information about this man or the business should report it to the national Travelling Conmen hotline on 1300 133 408 or to local police,” he said.

“Do not deal with itinerant traders. They are generally unscrupulous, often target the frail and the elderly and can become quite intimidating and threatening when challenged.”

Visit the Stop Travelling Conmen Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/StopTravellingConMen and check the interactive map for reports of travelling conmen at www.stoptravellingconmen.org.