The Glengarry News

Thousands lost in water treatment scam

publisher Apr 14, 2021 - 10:55am

A water treatment scam has surfaced in the area again, cautions the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment. April 6, the detachment responded to a report of a fraud in North Glengarry Township. The victim lost thousands of dollars after being contacted by an individual claiming to represent a water treatment business. The victim agreed to have a reverse osmosis system installed at his residence. But the product was never received. April 8, a person claiming to be a debt consolidator made arrangements to meet the victim. Seeking money, the person claimed that the victim’s name was on a list of people who were victims of scams related to air conditioning, furnace, and HVAC installations in the past and was attempting to assist him with consolidating his debts. Police intercepted the individual with the victim at a local bank and arrested a suspect. The identity of the suspect will be revealed once charges have been laid. The investigation continues. Under the new laws in Ontario certain door-to-door sales are banned: Air cleaners, air conditioners, air and water purifiers, duct cleaning services, furnaces, water filters, heaters, sater softeners, water treatment devices, and bundles of these goods and services. There are many ways to prevent becoming a victim. Be suspicious if you are approached for the repairs or work. Check identification and references of the company. Make sure the contractor is licensed. Get at least three written quotes for work that you need completed. Ask for an itemized bill for the repairs and materials. Do not give a cash deposit. Get a contract for the work being completed. Make any cheque payable to the company name and ensure the cheque is written in a way that can't be altered. If you are not sure of the situation you are in, ask for the individual to come back and get a phone number. Consult with a family member or close friend about the work and the price that is being suggested. If you feel the people attending your property are trying to intimidate you and are putting pressure on you, ask them to leave. Write down any information you may observe about their description, number of people, and the vehicles that they are using, especially a licence plate. Call 1- 888-310-1122 to report them to the OPP immediately. There are many credible and reputable contractors and businesses that will provide the above information requested by customers. 

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