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Bitumen bandits target NQ locals

Locals are being warned of a bitumen scam.

Police say 'alleged tradies' are approaching Bowen and Townsville residents, and offering to do bitumen work at unrealistically-cheap prices.

They then do dodgy work with poor quality bitumen or leave and can't be contacted, once the deposit has been paid.

Anyone who comes across the scammers, using hire vehicles and and possibly from a Irish decent, are urged to call police.