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Police Warn Door To Door Driveway Paving Scams Still Popping Up Across The Region

KAWARTHA LAKES-Door-to-door driveway paving and repair-related frauds are still popping up across East Region and throughout the Province of Ontario.

Despite rules banning certain door-to-door sales in Ontario, criminals have not stopped according to police. Those involved in these frauds are persuasive and persistent. According to police many of the individuals involved in these scams are working without a work permit, have no permanent business address and operate in a fly-by-night manner. Often the victim will agree to have work completed, with the suspects using poor-quality products. Following the completed work, the victim will be unable to reach the company to repair the shoddy work that was done.

How to protect yourself:

·      Be wary of unsolicited contractors who knock on your door offering services, especially if they only accept cash and/or require a large down payment.

·      Do not make on-the-spot decisions about hiring a contractor.

·      Select a reputable company and do your research.

·      Obtain a detailed, written contract.

·      Consider shopping around and obtaining detailed estimates.

·      Never feel pressured to commit on the spot and don’t provide full payment for work that has not begun.

“The OPP is reminding people that there is no obligation to speak to a salesperson that attends your residence.  Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” said police.”If you have decided to use a company’s services, check with your local Better Business Bureau or business association to see if there have been any complaints filed against them.”

Anyone who suspects they have been the victim of cybercrime or fraud should report it to their local police and to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre’s online reporting system or by phone at 1-888-495-8501.

 

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Pamela Vanmeer
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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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