Curbside painting scam, Southern Gold Coast

Police would like to remind Gold Coast residents to be wary of an ongoing scam whereby an unsolicited man doorknocks suburbs and convinces residents that he must paint their gutter, under the false pretence of assisting emergency services.

This morning (Thursday April 22), police were contacted by several residents of an Elanora housing-estate reporting that a man had been going door-to-door advising residents that police instructed him to paint their house-number on the curbside, to help first-responders if called to their address.

The man then charged the residents $50 for the service, which he completed, before providing a receipt (see below) and leaving.

Police understand the man was also operating in the Robina area last month.

Police would like to make residents aware that this man does not have a Council permit to conduct such services and now wish to speak to him in relation to possible offences.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

Report crime information anonymously via Crime Stoppers. Call 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au.

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