ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
Members of the Nottawasaga Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police have received a variety of calls related to concerns of service scams and would like to remind the public to be mindful of scams. Recognize it, reject it and report it.
Service scams may be categorized as any false, deceptive, misleading or fraudulent promotion or solicitation for services. These solicitations involve third parties that commonly make offers for telecommunications, internet, finance, medical and energy services. Additionally, this category may also include offers such as extended warranties, insurance and sales services.
If you are signing any documents:
- Ensure that you are fully aware of what you are signing
- Read fine print and look it over twice if needed
- Ask questions if you don't understand anything
- Ensure you are provided a copy of any documents you sign
Never commit to anything that you are unsure of. You should never feel pressured to commit to a service immediately, and never hesitate to ask someone to leave your home. When in doubt, get a second opinion from another reputable source or company.
Warning Signs and tips:
- Never give anyone remote access to your computer. If you are having problems with your operating system, bring it to a local technician
- Beware of scammers advising you of an unauthorized charge on your credit card account and requesting your credit card number
- Verify any calls with your credit card company by calling the phone number on the back of your credit card
- Never provide personal information or banking details over the telephone unless you initiated the call
- Beware of solicitations for products or services offering lower energy bills
- Do your homework before hiring a company
- Don't be afraid to ask questions, and if you feel pressured, never hesitate to hang up or ask someone to leave.
For more information regarding ongoing scams in Canada or to report fraud, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at http://antifraudcentre.ca/ . If you believe you have been a victim of fraud, call your local police at their non-emergency number.