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Friday, April 6, 2018
News Release - Winnipeg Police Service
April 6, 2018
Reminder Fraud Warning Home Furnace Inspection Scam The Winnipeg Police Services continues to receive numerous complaints from homeowners concerning aggressive and potentially fraudulent sales practices for home heating systems.
A common theme is that a salesperson or salespeople will approach residences and may be carrying uniforms with corporate logos and/or business identification. These individuals will then state they are performing furnace inspections or wish to check the operating status of the homeowner's heating system. This often results in them attempting to gain access to the residence.
Neither private companies, nor their employees, have any legal authority to enter a home to perform furnace inspections. These individuals are salespeople whose ultimate goal is to entice residents to make purchases of home heating products.
There have been reports of these individuals claiming to be associates or employees with Manitoba Hydro.
While Manitoba Hydro staff will go door-to-door for a number of reasons, they carry official Manitoba Hydro identification with their name and photo and will not pressure homeowners to gain entry, even for inspections.
The public is reminded that they can deny entry to any individual that seems suspicious, and are asked to call the police non-emergency number at 204-986-6222 if they require information from the Winnipeg Police Service.
For further information contact either: Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer Constable Tammy Skrabek, Public Information Officer Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs