Elder Abuse: Door-to-Door Sales Fraud
A well-dressed young man came to the door and said his company was in the neighbourhood doing some work. They could fix my roof for a good price but I had to decide right away. He said we didn't need a contract; my handshake was good enough. I gave him a cheque for materials. Now his phone is disconnected and no one has come to fix my roof.
Most door-to-door sales are legitimate but some are not. Ask questions. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Watch out for sales people who "just happen" to be in your neighbourhood.
- Never sign on the first day. Sleep on it. Don't sign just because you feel pressured.
- Be suspicious when someone asks you for money before the work is started.
- Look into the company before you give them your money. A good company will be registered with the Better Business Bureau and be able to give you strong references.
- Report suspected fraud or scams to the police.
Fraud is a crime. It could happen to anyone. Stay informed.
The following true or false questions may help you learn more about door-to-door sales fraud.
- It is common practice for legitimate businesses to ask you to decide on the spot or else miss out on the discount.
- It is normal for a salesperson to ask for payment in cash or by cheque before starting the work.
- It is easy to tell if someone is a con artist by looking at them or listening to them.
- Con artists may tell you the cost of a home repair project without inspecting the job first.
Elder Fraud: It's time to face the reality.
In Canada the two credit-reporting agencies are Equifax and TransUnion.
For more information:
1-800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232)
© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada — 2014-11-19
Cat. No.: J2-353/3-2009
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