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Driveway numbers scam

By johnboy - 18 October 2011 19

ACT Policing is warning the community that a driveway number-painting scam is again operating in Canberra after an incident over the weekend resulted in an elderly lady being defrauded.

Around midday on Sunday, October 16, a man approached the back door of an elderly woman’s house in Watson and was invited in by the woman. The man offered to re-paint the house numbers on her driveway in exchange for cash. The woman handed over some cash to the man, who then left without performing the work.

The man is described as Caucasian in appearance, aged between 30 to 40 years old, approximately 178cm (5’10”) tall and spoke with an Australian accent.

There have been similar incidents reported to ACT Policing previously, and police are urging the community to be alert for any suspicious behaviour in their neighbourhood.

Superintendent Mick Calatzis said there are steps people can take to reduce the chances of being scammed.

“Always check the credentials of sales people when they come to your door. Talk to these people through a locked security door and if you’re unsure about their motives, ask them to leave. If they won’t leave, contact the police,” he said.

Anyone who may be able to assist police with the investigation is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the website at act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

Further information on home and personal safety can be found in the Home and Personal Safety Guide.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Driveway numbers scam
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satyr 11:27 am
18 Oct 11
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I had this happen twice in one week around 6 months ago. Sent the bloke on his way and called the police. He actually tried to convince me that he was from the ACT government, and then asked for cash up front.

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DUB 11:39 am
18 Oct 11
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It could be the same junkie, with red hair, red, bushy beard, I see him alot hanging out in Mawson, he actually once came to my street (in Torrens) one weekend few weeks ago and offered to paint the numbers, so “Ambulance can see it in case of emergency” [LOL], I told him to get real and f**k off, he then went knocking on other houses.

The way he banged on a door was like he was trying to break in.
Oh yes, he claimed that he’s willing to do it for $20, as he needs the money since his dole was cut off and his name was Mick.
Similar stories, anyone?

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Jivrashia 12:00 pm
18 Oct 11
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DUB said :

and offered to paint the numbers, so “Ambulance can see it in case of emergency”.
Similar stories, anyone?

Yeah, I got done as well.
To add insult to injury he also graffiti-ed my driveway with my house number… oh wait.

Just saying that there are genuine people doing a good job.

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inlymbo 12:02 pm
18 Oct 11
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Yep, we had him knock (bang) on our door a few months back. Mr Inlymbo being a much more kind hearted soul than me was seriously considering saying yes until I got to the door. I said a polite no thanks and he left. Yes redish hair, name was ‘Mick’ and he had no paint gear with him!

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grump 12:52 pm
18 Oct 11
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a guy was coming around Florey in the last few days – my wife spoke to him and we said no – did see some new gutter numbers up the street though

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Wodgie 2:47 pm
18 Oct 11
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The ACCC is doing a national campaign about travelling con men.

http://www.stoptravellingconmen.org/

funny enough, it doesn’t look like the good people of Canberra have reported anything yet!

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djk 3:33 pm
18 Oct 11
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Wodgie said :

The ACCC is doing a national campaign about travelling con men.

http://www.stoptravellingconmen.org/

funny enough, it doesn’t look like the good people of Canberra have reported anything yet!

Was totally expecting to either be rick-rolled or see something disgusting, pleasantly surprised.

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MrMagoo 4:14 pm
18 Oct 11
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Wodgie said :

The ACCC is doing a national campaign about travelling con men.

http://www.stoptravellingconmen.org/

funny enough, it doesn’t look like the good people of Canberra have reported anything yet!

So note to all con men, stay at home cause apparently the ACCC is only after those who travel.

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scorch76 9:35 am
19 Oct 11
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This guy ‘Mick’ pressured my partner into it for a second time in two years (At home middle of the day with two kids under 4!)

She was scared and put off by the fact he almost smashed the door in with his knocking and was unsure of the reaction if she said no.

Funnily enough this bloke wrote a handwritten reciept (using a recipt book) which included a five year guarantee. Of course after 6 months the painting is gone.

I’m hoping this upstanding businessman pays a visit when I’m home, because one way or another he’s going to repaint my number for free…

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Tooks 9:55 am
19 Oct 11
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Jivrashia said :

DUB said :

and offered to paint the numbers, so “Ambulance can see it in case of emergency”.
Similar stories, anyone?

Yeah, I got done as well.
To add insult to injury he also graffiti-ed my driveway with my house number… oh wait.

Just saying that there are genuine people doing a good job.

He may have done a good job, but that doesn’t mean he is genuine. If you’re home, he has a chance to make an easy $20. If you’re not at home, he has a chance to make a whole lot more.

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ex-vectis 10:19 am
19 Oct 11
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>The man is described as Caucasian in appearance, aged between 30 to 40 years old, approximately 178cm (5’10”) tall and spoke with an Australian accent.

Wow, with that description suprised they haven’t nabbed him! Especially with an Australian accent – cant be many of them around Canberra….

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peterepete 11:09 am
19 Oct 11
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My neighbour and i had a lapse in concentration/sympathetic error a few weeks back and ponied up some dollars for a pretty half-arsed job. The stencils he used were pretty crappy and inferior to those used by the last guy i was ripped off by. I didnt feel threatened in any way – may not have been mick.

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poetix 12:37 pm
19 Oct 11
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scorch76 said :

This guy ‘Mick’ pressured my partner into it for a second time in two years (At home middle of the day with two kids under 4!)

She was scared and put off by the fact he almost smashed the door in with his knocking and was unsure of the reaction if she said no.

Funnily enough this bloke wrote a handwritten reciept (using a recipt book) which included a five year guarantee. Of course after 6 months the painting is gone.

I’m hoping this upstanding businessman pays a visit when I’m home, because one way or another he’s going to repaint my number for free…

This reminds me of some of the windscreen cleaners at intersections (not all, some are polite) who won’t take no for an answer. They seem to pick on women more than men, knowing that some women are more likely to be intimidated into giving them money. They never harass my husband, for example, who has perfected staring into the middle distance. I tend to roll down my window and tell them to go away if they ignore my requests not to touch the window, but I can see why people wouldn’t want to do this.

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Tooks 1:05 pm
19 Oct 11
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ex-vectis said :

>The man is described as Caucasian in appearance, aged between 30 to 40 years old, approximately 178cm (5’10”) tall and spoke with an Australian accent.

Wow, with that description suprised they haven’t nabbed him! Especially with an Australian accent – cant be many of them around Canberra….

You’re right. They shouldn’t release a description at all.

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screaming banshee 9:17 am
18 Mar 12
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They’re at it again in Kaleen, it wasn’t Mick but mrs B said it could have matched the 5’10” aussie and he had rubbish teeth and greasy hair.

Mrs B isn’t a sucker so sent him on his way, but can I suggest that if anyone has fallen for the scam I would recommend removing the signpost that says ‘scam the person that lives here’.

Oh yeah, and he gave some lousy story about having lost his job and his kid has a terminal disease, and the price has gone up to $30.

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