Bancroft OPP investigate long-distance phone and driveway paving scams

Ontario Provincial Police press release

BANCROFT – On the 05th of August 2011, the Bancroft detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a call from a concerned resident regarding a possible phone scam.

The complainant received a phone call from a company requesting she return the call and it was a 1-866 number. The complainant did not return the call and contacted police. Police investigation revealed that when customers returned the phone call, their phone was accessed to use for over sea’s long distance calls.

The Bancroft OPP wish to remind Bancroft area residents to not respond to telephone calls such as this and never give out personal or financial information over the phone.

On the 16th of August 2011, the Bancroft OPP received a call from Bancroft area resident regarding a home repair service. The complainant had a door to door home repair service attend their residence and provide an estimate for driveway repair. An estimate and deposit was accepted. The repair service started the work, but did not return to complete it.

The Bancroft OPP wish to remind Bancroft are residents to use care before letting unknown people into your home or agreeing to any service. The public should ensure that unsolicited services such as water testing, water tanks, roofing or paving should be verified before entering into any type of contract.

This can be done by asking for references and checking the references before entering into any contract or making any payment.

The public can also contact the Ministry of Consumer Services or Better Business Bureau of Canada for information about companies.

A credible business will provide you with business information, estimates, time to make a decision and references.

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