The following message is from a Long Branch resident:
Beware. There are some very “pushy sales people” in the area who are insisting on an “authorized inspection” of heating and air conditioning systems. This is a scam to get in your house to hard sell you on a new system.
Police attended at the bottom of 31st Street [in Long Branch (Toronto)] on Friday when an elderly neighbour was victimized by these terrible sales tactics. I recommend that you call the police if you feel harassed or bullied.
We need to be particularly watchful of our elderly neighbours as they are often the most vulnerable.
As a follow-up. I have just received a phone call from “Eco-energy” saying that they will be undertaking an authorized inspection of furnaces and air conditioners in the area on Monday.
They were unclear when I asked them who was “authorizing” the inspection. Must be the same bunch of cowboys.
Please share this information with your neighbours. Forewarned is forearmed!
A Long Branch resident has added:
This Government website may help people who have already been “taken”.
Comments from other residents:
“They’ll also ask to see your energy bill (as if they have the right to ask that of you!!). Tell them to get lost.”
Still another resident had added:
“They were here the other night on 35th Street. I told them to get lost.
“Hope no one else has been taken in by them.”
[End of texts from local residents]
Among the most visited pages at the Preserved Stories website is an October 2012 blog post about scams and scamming:
Such scams frequently target the frail and vulnerable. We must do what we can to help our fellow residents from being victimized.