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Beware of home-repair scams as warm weather returns: OPP

Provincial police provide tips to help people avoid falling victim to fraud
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With warm weather returning, police are urging people to be vigilant to avoid falling victim to home repair frauds.

“Fraudsters are persistent, persuasive, and sometimes aggressive,” Ontario Provincial Police said in a news release.

Police provided the following information:

  • Examination of these ‘contractors’ often reveals the absence of an official online presence, registration with local chambers of commerce, the Better Business Bureau, or similar reputable organizations.
  • Fraudsters often contact individuals directly at their homes or via telephone, employing persuasive tactics to convince homeowners of the necessity for a contract or service they neither requested nor require. It is advisable to exercise caution when opening your door to unexpected visitors or solicitors offering items or services.
  • Fraudsters employ professionally designed flyers and websites that have a legitimate appearance.
  • Most contractors will know how much material they need for a job, so if they show up at your door saying they have “leftover” from another job, be cautious.
  • If there’s no written contract with a quote written up front and the price changes mid-job due to “unforeseen problems,” you’re at their mercy.
  • Fraudsters target vulnerable populations such as the elderly and request cash payments for “today-only” deals.
  • It’s a red flag when a payment is asked for up front before the job is completed.

“If an offer seems too good to be true, chances are it is and it’s someone trying to scam you out of your money,” police said.

More information about scams in Canada and how to report them is available by calling the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or visiting