(NORFOLK COUNTY, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Norfolk County Detachment is urging all resident to be vigilant if a stranger arrives at their residence inquiring about any personal information.
On Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at approximately 8:58 p.m., two (2) suspicious males were canvassing homes in the Delhi area in an effort to inspect the homeowner’s residence.
Through investigation it was determined that the males arrived at the residence and indicated that they were natural gas representatives. Both of the males attempted to convince the resident to sign paperwork. No documents were signed and police were contacted. Both males then left the area and walked away in an unknown direction.
The Norfolk County OPP is urging all homeowners to be very skeptical when someone arrives at your door wanting to inspect your home or inquiring about any personal information about your or your residence.
Here are some tips to protect yourself when the next door-to-door salesperson shows up at your home.
Ask for Identification- Reputable companies use photo ID. Don’t let the salesperson start their pitch until you have seen photo ID. Get the name of the business and the name of the salesperson. If they don’t have identification with them they are likely scam artists.
Don’t sign on the spot- If the salesperson pressures you to sign on the spot, don’t. Shut the door or insist that you need additional time to read and understand the agreement. Reputable salespeople will carry brochures about their products or services. A “deal” is never only good for that visit. If you need further time to review the offer it will be there tomorrow.
Understand the agreement- How long does the agreement last? Are there any other costs? Are there fees if you cancel the agreement? Will the company renew the agreement without your prior written consent?
Remember, reputable companies comply with the law. If you believe the business or salesperson made a false, misleading or deceptive statement you may have further remedies under the Consumer Protection Act. Further information can be found at: www.ontario.ca/consumers/your-rights-under-consumer-protection-act
The OPP reminds all members of the public to be aware of their personal safety at all times and to be extremely vigilant. The OPP’s website, www.opp.ca, contains a number of useful resources, tips and links.