Friday, April 26, 2013

DOOR-TO-DOOR FRAUDS

(Peterborough County, ON) - Too often, members of the public are being scammed by persons identifying themselves as representatives from Water Heater, Home Heating, Home Repair, Driveway Sealers or Phone Companies, and the list goes on.

They always arrive at your door sometime in the late afternoon, early evenings or on weekends to discuss their product. They offer reduced rates, special bonus offers and prizes using the pretence of examining past bills or present equipment to get your name on a contract or sometimes just to get into your home.

The following are Safety tips to prevent you from falling victim to these Scammers:
• Ask to see their company identification, if they fail to provide it ask them to leave and if they don’t leave contact your local police service. Don’t forget to warn your neighbours about them when they finally leave.
• But, if you are interested in what the door-to-door salesperson has to offer and before you pay any money or sign any contract, take the time to find out about the business they represent and the product
• Don’t be pressured by a “Limited Time Offer”
• If you are unsure of the information or the seller, contact the Competition Bureau, Consumer Affairs office or the Better Business Bureau

Remember, if it sounds “Too Good to Be True” it usually is!


If you suspect a Fraud contact:
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (formerly Phone Busters) - 1-888-495-8501
The Competition Bureau - 1-800-348-5358
The Ontario Provincial Police - 1-888-310-1122
Your local Police Service