Public Safety Alert: Door-to-Door Home Repair Scams

Posted On Wednesday March 27, 2024

Region of Peel – March is Fraud Prevention Month, and the Peel Regional Police Fraud Bureau is reminding the public, particularly our older residents, to be cautious of door-to-door home repair scams.  

These scams involve individuals posing as contractors, offering unsolicited services door-to-door under the guise of representing reputable companies. They typically highlight problems with the homeowner's property, proposing solutions with immediate quotes, business cards, and even detailed contracts. Initially, these fraudulent contractors may request a cash deposit to commence work. However, once work begins, these individuals frequently demand additional funds to complete the project, only to vanish without a trace, ceasing all communication with the homeowner.

Peel Regional Police encourage residents to exercise due diligence to safeguard themselves from deceitful practices. The following information and consumer protection tips are being shared to help consumers confirm and verify the legitimacy and reliability of a contractor: 

- Do not be pressured to make a quick decision.

- Obtain more than one estimate.

- Be cautious of unsolicited offers via the phone or door-to-door.

- Get recommendations from people you trust and check multiple references.

- Do your research and check online reviews.

- Verify the contractor's insurance.

- Ensure the contractor is insured and ask about their warranty.

- Draft a written contract clearly outlining the requested and agreed upon work.

- Establish a timeline with expected start dates, benchmarks, and anticipated finish dates.

- Establish an exact cost of the project.

- Request a receipt if one is not offered.

Scammers will use any means necessary to convince you that their requests are legitimate. Protect yourself, and always avoid sending money, property, or personal information to someone you have not met. 

Peel Regional Police is dedicated to protecting individuals and groups in our community. To learn more about these and other trends affecting Canadians or if you have a family member or friend who is a senior, please visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and the Peel Regional Police website. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fraud Bureau at (905) 453–2121, ext. 3335.  Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.

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