'Builder' scams family out of $4000

Friday, 17 November, 2017

These are the guys that give the industry a bad name. A Perth woman who responded to an advertisement flogging backyard upgrades was scammed out of $4000 and left with an unusable pool and outdoor space, according to the Nine Network and news.com.au. The pictures tell the sad tale.

Despite forking out an exorbitant 25% deposit — the maximum legal charge is 6.5% — she has been left with an incomplete project, a ruined pool and no way of contacting the ‘builder’, who has switched off mobile phones and disappeared, according to the news report.

The woman has since discovered that others had fallen prey to the same scheme. The matter is being looked into by the Consumer Protection agency.

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