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OPP report door-to-door scam related to home furnace, freezer inspections

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to alert home and business owners of a door to door scam that has recently been reported to police. On October 29, 2020 at 12:00 p.m., an individual was contacted via telephone advising them of a government energy rebate program. In order to receive a rebate the company needed to come to the residence and inspect the homeowner’s furnace and freezer. The resident called their utilities company and confirmed this was a scam. Police spoke with the energy board and they confirmed that the scenario as described was indeed an active fraud and they do not have their employees going door to door. If there is a question as to the legitimacy of the canvasser, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre can be contacted. Suspicious canvassers and/or salespeople can also be reported to the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

The public is reminded that before you hear a sales or fundraising pitch and open your door to a salesperson or canvasser, remember:

  • ask for photo ID and get the name of the person and the business/charity
  • never share personal information (e.g., an electricity or gas bill)
  • if you ask a salesperson to leave, they must leave right away. If you feel   unsafe, call local police
  • look at the company name on the salesperson’s business card and promotional material and see if it matches the company name on the proposed contract

The OPP encourages residents to be aware of another resource available to them from Consumer Protection https://www.ontarioconsumer/protection before they make important decisions like purchasing a home, hiring a contractor or home inspector, renting a water heater and other such transactions.

If you have any information on the above investigations or any other please contact Grenville OPP on 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-(TIPS) 8477 or submit your tip on-line at www.tipsubmit.com. Crime Stoppers does not want your name, you don’t go to court, and you could earn cash reward.

Louise Sproule

Louise Sproule has been the publisher of The Review since 1992. A part-time job after high school at The Review got Sproule hooked on community newspapers and all that they represent. She loves to write, has covered every kind of event you can think of, loves to organize community events and loves her small town and taking photographs across the region. She dreams of writing a book one day so she can finally tell all of the town's secrets! She must be stopped! Keep subscribing to The Review . . . or else!

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