Warn­ing on rub­bish scam

Isis Town and Country - - News -

SO­CIAL media is the main av­enue for sprout­ing yet another scam, this time in­volv­ing rub­bish re­moval.

Coun­cil’s spokesman Cr Vince Haber­mann said an emerg­ing trend had been iden­ti­fied where rub­bish has been il­le­gally dumped af­ter a res­i­dent had hired a handy man to cor­rectly dis­pose of the waste.

“Since the in­tro­duc­tion in 2013 of coun­cil’s Illegal Dump­ing and Lit­ter­ing pro­gram, more than $36,000 in fines have been is­sued but it seems some op­por­tunists are look­ing at in­no­va­tive ways to con­tinue this illegal dump­ing trend,” he said.

The scam in­volves a per­son pos­ing as a handy­man and of­fer­ing ser­vices, usu­ally through so­cial media, to cart away rub­bish at a min­i­mal cost.

“Res­i­dents are pay­ing the fee in good faith only to have the handy­man pocket the money and il­le­gally dump the rub­bish in­stead of tak­ing it to a coun­cil land­fill,” he said.

Cr Haber­mann said the cost to the ratepayer con­tin­ues when coun­cil is left to clean up il­le­gally dumped sites.

The coun­cil is warn­ing all res­i­dences, un­less they can prove that a bona fide busi­ness has re­moved the waste, they may, if iden­ti­fied as the own­ers of il­le­gally dumped rub­bish, be li­able for com­mit­ting a breach against the Waste Re­duc­tion and Re­cy­cling Act where fines to the value of $1884 can be is­sued.

Res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to be wary re­gard­ing any per­son of­fer­ing to dis­pose of their waste with­out pro­vid­ing their full de­tails.

Cr Haber­mann said res­i­dents needed to be vig­i­lant if en­gag­ing a rub­bish re­moval­ist via so­cial media.

“By ob­tain­ing a re­ceipt or at least a record of de­tails such as their per­sonal/busi­ness name, con­tact de­tails, ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion plus the date, time and amount of waste col­lected, coun­cil will have a greater like­li­hood of track­ing the pos­si­ble of­fend­ers,” he said.

“While we un­der­stand, it does re­main ev­ery res­i­dent’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure the waste is dis­posed of cor­rectly,” Cr Haber­mann said.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

SCAM­MERS: Lo­cals scammed over rub­bish col­lec­tion.

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