January 08, 2016
Acting NSW Fair Trading Commissioner John Tansey is warning consumers across NSW and especially in the Hunter region about scam SES collectors.
Mr Tansey said the NSW SES had received reports from members of the public about phone calls from alleged NSW SES collectors.
“The NSW SES does not collect donations either via the phone, personal visits or buckets in the street,” he said.
“The NSW SES Volunteer's Association raises funds for NSW SES volunteers through a phone raffle, however these raffles are suspended in areas impacted by storms and flooding.”
The NSW SES Volunteers Association raffle is a legitimate raffle and the caller clearly identifies themselves as being from the NSW SES Volunteers Association.
Please refer to the Fund Raising and Raffles page of the NSW SES Volunteer's Association for more information https://secure.nswsesva.org.au/current-raffle.aspx.
It is also timely to remind the community that people offering or carrying out general building work valued at more than $5,000 (labour and materials) on residential properties in NSW are required to be licensed. Specialist work such as plumbing, draining, gasfitting and electrical work must be licensed no matter what the value of the work
“Do not deal with itinerant traders for home building work after storms and flooding or at any time,” Mr Tansey said.
“Use trusted businesses, properly licensed and with a stake in maintaining their reputation.”
Consumers should ask to see a trader’s licence, which looks similar to a drivers licence with details of the trader’s name and licence category.
Check trade licences at www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au or call Fair Trading on 13 32 20 or call into any Service NSW Centre for advice and assistance.