Travelling con men are out in force targeting residents undergoing spring home renovations, pretending to be legitimate construction tradespeople and charging up-front fees for work which is often performed poorly or not needed at all, government agencies across Australia are warning.

Victorian Minister for Consumer Affairs Heidi Victoria says spring is typically an attractive time for con men, and this season was no exception. “Travelling conmen become much more active as spring arrives and homeowners start looking at ways to fix and upgrade their homes,” Victoria said in a message to…