Durham Police would like to forewarn citizens about the potential of various home renovation scams returning to Durham Region this spring and are appealing to residents to report any suspicious activity.
Various types of scams such as driveway paving, lawn-care services, roofing, home appliance sales for items such air conditioners or water heaters usually begin with a cold-call door knock by someone offering to do repair work and/or sell merchandise. Often, the suspects claim to be in the area for just one day and use hard pressure tactics to convince the homeowner to purchase the service or item.
After receiving cash deposits from customers, these suspects do not return with the merchandise as promised nor do they arrive at a later date to complete the purchased service. The target victims of this crime tend to be senior citizens but all homeowners may be susceptible to this type of fraud.
Durham Police wish to remind the public there are many reputable home renovation companies in Durham Region and a legitimate company will not offer you a deal which sounds too good to be true nor expect a business decision immediately without a written quote. Residents are advised to ask for and to check business references.
Police are also reminding all homeowners to be vigilant with all door to door business propositions and to report any suspicious activity to police for further investigation. Click here to view our safety video on door to door scams.
Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.
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