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.
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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.