Ontario Vitality Board warns of scammers impersonating its workers
Door-to-door sales had been banned in Ontario since March 2018, however that’s no longer stopping aggressive sales workers from pitching expensive long-time-frame condominium contracts for objects worship furnaces and air conditioners.
The Ontario Vitality Board (OEB) says these scammers are now impersonating its workers.
“We know there are some evil actors available who are the utilization of our logos to both impersonate us or strive to lend credibility to their scams,” Harneet Panesar, Chief Working Officer with OEB, suggested CTV News Toronto.
In accordance to Panesar, scammers are pretending to be with the OEB and are offering free authorities rebates that don’t exist.
The pitch could moreover both reach as a phone name or a knock on the door from someone claiming you’re eligible for rebates.
The OEB does no longer plod door-to-door and does no longer provide rebates. Once within, the scammer will strive to assemble the homeowner to signal long-time-frame condominium agreements for furnaces, air conditioners, air filtration systems, water heaters, water filters, water softeners, or insulation.
“If someone knocks to your door inquiring for a home plod to or inspection, factual suppose no, and we know in a host of these interactions they can assemble relatively aggressive. So, if that occurs, name the police,” Panesar said.
OEB said scammers are moreover sending textual suppose messages with hyperlinks promising funds, making threats of disconnecting energy and seeking a gleaming fee.
Scammers are moreover impersonating utility companies. Alectra Utilities tells CTV News Toronto a pair of of its customers have misplaced cash to the disconnection scam.
“Scammers will name our customers pretending to be us and threaten immediate disconnection of energy. Alectra Utilities does no longer create this. We do no longer disconnect same day and we are able to continuously present you with ample time to name us at this time to take a gape at and work things out,” Ashley Trachef of Alectra Utilities said.
Whenever you assemble a name from anybody claiming to be with a utility company, dangle up and assemble in contact with your supplier at this time at its buyer service number.