Durham Regional Police would like to highlight a recent energy scam and remind residents to be vigilant when it comes to letting potential repair personal into your home.
Recently a scam has come to light where a homeowner was contacted and informed their furnace needed repair. A suspect posing as a repair person attended the home and spent some time in the furnace room before handing over a fraudulent invoice. In this case, the suspect took off empty handed and the homeowner contacted police. Further follow up with the energy company revealed the technician visit was fraudulent.
In some cases, potential con artists travel door to door promoting products or programs for homeowners to curb their energy spending. Commodities such as hot water heaters, energy plans and new and improved furnaces are examples of those types of items being offered for sale door to door.
Police are asking the public to always ask questions and request proof of identification and company credentials when dealing with repair representatives. If in doubt, contact the company directly before any work is agreed to. Never show anyone your energy bill, as this might compromise your private information. If a person makes a cold call to your home, take the time to contact the company directly to verify the details.
If you believe you have been the victim of any kind of fraudulent activity, please call your local police service. 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.
Watch our Door to Door scam safety video for more information.
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