Con artists leech off disaster

HELEN Holmes of Plainland considers herself one of the lucky ones in the Lockyer Valley flood disaster, that is until some fraudsters tried to loot her garage.

“My front door was shut and some people drove down my driveway, and I heard my dogs barking,” she said.

“They weren't inspecting other peoples' properties and it was very strange.

“The two men claimed to be from the Department of Environment after I asked them who they were and they said they were inspecting dams in the area.”

Ms Holmes had a gut feeling something was not right when they did not approach her front door and went straight to her double garage.

“One was shorter wearing casual clothes and other was a bit taller with an Akubra-style hat,” she said.

“The other was taller and thinner and had a blank lanyard around his neck.

 “I am sure they weren't operating legitimately because they would have put a message in the letterbox for forewarning.

“There was nothing in my mailbox to say someone was inspecting our dams. We don't have a dam.

“Our neighbours do but not me because it silted over long ago.”

Ms Holmes said she was in such a rage she did not see the registration number or make of the car.

“People must be very careful of the security and these guys didn't have identification or a government car,” she said.

Ms Holmes said she is now living with a padlock on her fence.

“These bloodsuckers are taking what little people have got left,” she said.


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