Police have put out a warning to Border and North East residents following reports of an illegitimate solar power scheme.
Travelling salesman door-knocked in Yackandandah last week, offering an on-the-spot discount with ‘Auspower and Lighting’.
Yackandandah Leading Senior Constable Lukas Millar said a woman reported the pair to police on Thursday.
“We had a report of two males knocking on the front door out of the blue offering a deal that had to be done that day,” he said.
“They offered vouchers that could be redeemed on the day, but only on that day, for solar panels. They had business cards reporting to be from a private company and were well versed in their story.
“They were quite insistent and they left the person who reported this feeling as though they must agree to it.”
They were quite insistent and they left the person who reported this feeling as though they must agree to it.Yackandandah Leading Senior Constable Lukas Millar
At least five other people shared their experience with the salesmen on a community Facebook page.
“I had an Irish guy, suggesting I receive a brochure about it … he was very persistent. I said at least four times ‘No thank you’ and closed the door on him,” one post read.
Leading Senior Constable Millar said Yackandandah was likely one of a number of areas targeted.
“The concern is that it’s the type of scam where people are asked to fork over large sums of money on that day and work is not completed, or whatever they purchase doesn’t work,” he said.
“We’re in the process of tracking down the vehicle and advice is to anyone who believes the scam is happening to contact Scamwatch.
“Inquiries so far put them coming out of a business in Melbourne, but that’s not confirmed yet.”
Wangaratta Council was also affected by a scam this week.
More than 10 customers received a phone call claiming their information was provided by council, followed by the offer of a special book of vouchers valued at $2000 for $99, via a credit card payment.
Anyone contacted in this way is urged to call Victoria Police’s Scam Watch hotline on 1300 795 995.