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An April 12, 2013 article in The Toronto Star begins with the following headline: “Ontario cracks down on door-to-door water heater sales.”
The subhead reads: “Province to introduce legislation to increase cool-off period for consumers who are approached by aggressive sales people.”
A June 1, 2013 Toronto Star article is entitled: “Barrie police warning of fake firefighters demanding money for inspections.”
An Oct. 19, 2013 CBC article is entitled: “Scotiabank manager’s death probe reveals multimillion-dollar fraud: Agents uncovered $14 million missing from Scotiabank accounts in Mexico.”
A Dec. 9, 2013 Globe and Mail article is entitled: “Canadian Mental Health Association warns of door-to-door scam in Ontario.”
On a related topic, a Feb. 3, 2014 CBC article is entitled: “Western Union agents accused of helping scammers.”
The subhead reads: “Victims and police believe agents didn’t verify ID on money transfers, perhaps intentionally.”
A Feb. 28, 2014 CBC article is entitled: “CBC readers give tips on avoiding bad investment advice.”
A March 3, 2014 CBC article is entitled: “BMO customer’s account emptied of $87K as bank falls for scam – Bank delayed taking financial responsibility for mistake for months.”
A March 3, 2014 CBC article is entitled: “How ‘synthetic’ identity fraud costs Canada $1B a year.”
A March 4, 2014 CBC article is entitled: “Suspected terrorist links to synthetic ID fraud are being ‘ignored.'” The article notes: “Synthetic identity fraud is a scheme that procures new and genuine credit and identification cards using false names in order to create a fake identity.”
A March 12, 2014 CBC article is entitled: “Fake Microsoft help line can fool even ‘computer literate.'”
A March 22, 2014 CBC article is entitled: “Sleight-of-hand jewelry thefts continue, Vancouver police warn.”
An April 9, 2014 Gobe and Mail article is entitled: “Tips to help prevent hackers from stealing your bank data.”
The article notes: “New viruses, malware and other forms of security threats are constantly being developed by hackers and scammers, and occasionally they make the news.”
I’ve posted an item on April 12, 2014 regarding Wall Street scams:
A July 17, 2014 CBC article is entitled: Staged collisions a ‘catalyst’ for larger insurance fraud: Organized auto-insurance fraud rings cost millions, put innocent drivers at risk.”
A Sept. 15, 2014 CBC article is entitled: “Clients feel scammed as alleged lawyer misconduct kept quiet: Tens of thousands of dollars lost by small clients who trusted advice on whom to hire.”
An Oct. 18, 2014 CBC article is entitled: “Health Canada warning: Stop using Miracle Mineral Solution immediately: Product contains a chemical used mainly as a textile bleaching agent.”
An Oct. 30, 2014 Imperial Valley News article is entitled: “Huntington Beach Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Nationwide Foreclosure Rescue Scam.”
An Oct. 31, 2014 CBC article is entitled: “Remedy or ripoff? 5 things to watch out for: CBC’s Marketplace uncovers tactics behind popular natural treatments.”
A Nov. 6, 2014 Rolling Stone article is entitled: “The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase’s Worst Nightmare.”
A Nov. 20, 2014 CBC video about online scams is entitled: “Dot.con.”
A Jan. 8, 2015 CBC article is entitled: “Dr. Oz, The Doctors’ TV advice not always supported by evidence: Review of shows by Alberta doctors concludes people need to be skeptical.”
A Jan. 9, 2015 CBC article is entitled: “Craigslist luxury rental scam leaves Vancouver tenants on the sidewalk: Family left $26K poorer after signing up for discounted tenancy.”
A Feb. 10, 2015 CBC article is entitled: “Lemon laws: 7 questions about a consumer protection law Canada doesn’t have.”
A May 18, 2015 CBC The Current article is entitled: ” ‘Empire of Deception’ tells story of master swindler Leo Koretz.”
A Feb. 26, 2016 CBC article is entitled: “Canada Revenue Agency scam calls and emails have many red flags: ‘We would never do surprise calls,’ says CRA spokesperson Desmond Arsenault.”
A March 15, 2017 CBC article is entitled: “‘We are all doing it’: Employees at Canada’s 5 big banks speak out about pressure to dupe customers: Calls for parliamentary inquiry following Go Public investigation.”
A March 29, 2017 CBC article is entitled: “‘I feel duped’: Why bank employees with impressive but misleading titles could cost you big time: Most financial professionals in Canada are licensed as salespeople with no fiduciary duty to clients.”
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In the earlier version of this blog post I wrote:
I’ve recently received some information concerning energy scammers.
One recent email noted:
“Ontario Energy Board scammers have come to my door in Etobicoke twice this week. Let’s spread the word: don’t let them in, and don’t agree to anything. The OEB never goes door to door, nor does Enbridge, Direct Energy, or Ontario Hydro.
“They may ask to see your utility bill, or to inspect your equipment for efficiency. If they claim to represent the OEB, or a major gas company, they are probably lying. If you see them working your street, you can do your neighbourhood a favour by calling the police to report possible fraud.”
A May 15, 2010 Toronto Star article, Don’t fall victim to energy fraud at the door, warrants a close read.
A further comment, from another person on the Preserved Stories email list:
“As an addition to this email, it may be useful to note that Ontario Hydro does not exist. Electricity bills are primarily the domain of Toronto Hydro. And Toronto Hydro typically does not come door to door either.”
With regard to fraud, an Oct. 12, 2012 Etobicoke Guardian article is also of interest, as is an Oct. 26, 2012 Toronto Star article about a “geothermal expert” who’s been fined, jailed, and ordered to reimburse homeowners.
There is so much value in residents keeping other informed about what’s happening in our communities — both the great things that are happening and the things to watch out for.
Click on the link in the previous sentence to open an Oct. 26, 2012 Etobicoke Guardian article – “Victim of vandalism, resident decides to bring back Neighbourhood Watch” – by Tamara Shephard.
Ontario Energy Board launches consumer awareness campaign – August 2012 news release
Also of interest is the following news release from the OEB:
Some useful links:
A Wolf on Your Doorstep: Energy Contracts and Home Heating Scams (CARP website, Oct. 22, 2010)
As well, CBC’s The Marketplace is a valuable information source about scams of all kinds.
I owe thanks to Phil Gray for bringing my attention to the topic of door-to-door energy scammers quite some time ago.
A March 10, 2017 CBC article is entitled: “‘We do it because our jobs are at stake’: TD bank employees admit to breaking the law for fear of being fired.”
A March 10, 2017 CBC article is entitled: “Undercover investigation finds big markups, confusing charges and pushy tactics at major funeral home chain: Arbor says it ‘does not condone any behaviour in our staff that results in customers feeling pressured'”.
An April 17, 2017 CBC article is entitled: “‘Canada is in the Dark Ages’: Investment insiders reveal how lax laws put your financial interests last: Despite years of calls for reform, financial industry opposes greater investor protection.”