Shonky volunteers target bushfire zones

Tasmanians affected by recent bushfires are being warned to beware of tradesmen looking to profiteer.

A household in Connolly's Marsh, near Dunalley, has contacted the Bushfire Recovery Unit after problems with a tradesman.

A man appearing to be a volunteer offered to remove burnt out trees on the fire affected property.

He then demanded $700 for the work.

Consumer Affairs is investigating.

Director Chris Batt says it is a disturbing incident.

"It's profiteering and potentially could attract a fine of up to $220,000 for the individual," he said.

Mr Batt has urged households approached by volunteers to be vigilant and to check the organisation the volunteer is working for and ask for identification.

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