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OPP warn of door-to-door sales scam in Pembroke

By Pembroke Daily Observer

 

The Upper Ottawa Valley detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to alert home and business owners in the Pembroke area of a door-to-door sales scam that has recently been reported to police.

On Sept. 23 it was reported to police that an adult female suspect was going to homes and businesses in the east end of Pembroke and selling chocolate bars on behalf of the Pembroke Boys and Girls Club. The Pembroke Boys and Girls Club is not engaged in this type of fundraising.

The female suspect is described as between 45 and 50 years old, wearing a significant amount of make-up, 5-4 in height with blonde shoulder length hair.

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

  • ask for photo ID and get the name of the person and the business/charity
  • never share personal information (i.e. 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 a resource available to them from Consumer Protection Ontario www.ontario.ca/consumerprotection before making important decisions like purchasing a home, hiring a contractor or home inspector, renting a water heater and other such transactions.

The Consumer Protection Ontario website also provides consumers with information on their rights when buying from a door-to-door salesperson and advice to avoid falling victim to shady or unethical contractors or salespeople

In addition to their website, Consumer Protection Ontario may be reached by phone at 1-800-889-9768.

Remember…ask questions and choose carefully!