Irish ‘tradies’ wanted over alleged building scam in Queensland

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Police are on the hunt for two Irish men that have been scamming elderly Queenslanders who may be unable to maintain their homes.

The men have allegedly targeted older residents in the Deception Bay and Ipswich areas. They’re wanted over at least four separate incidents over the past week. 

The actions of the two men, pretending to be road workers, were reported to police four times across the state’s southeast last week.

In one instance, they visited the home of a 78-year-old man in Deception Bay, north of Brisbane, with a white ute full of gravel, telling him they could make property repairs with their excess material.Police want us to warn our elderly family members about a couple of fake Irish tradies doing the rounds ripping people off. The men have allegedly targeted older residents in the Deception Bay and Ipswich areas. 

 

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But when the man told them he wouldn’t pay until the job was finished, the pair allegedly restrained and searched him, stealing about $1500.

Police released images of the two men following an incident in the nearby suburb of Ningi, and another at Warwick, west of the Gold Coast.

They are believed to be driving a white Mitsubishi Triton with the Victorian registration number plate 1FH 5ZV.

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Michael Hogan urged elderly people to be aware of anyone who tried to get them to hire their services “on the spot”.