WINNIPEG - Police in Winnipeg are warning people of a Plumbing Scam they have received several complaints about in the city.
Police said between April 11 and April 30 they received a number of calls from people regarding several men going door to door offering plumbing/filtration services. They said these men are requesting access to the inside of the home to conduct inspections.
The Major Crimes Unit is currently investigating to determine the legitimacy of these salespeople.
The City of Winnipeg has confirmed they are not involved in any door-to-door inspection services and released a statement which can be read here.
Police remind people that employees of legitimate businesses should be in possession of identification indicating the business or organization they represent.
Police offered these crime prevention tips:
- Only allow pre-scheduled service providers into your home.
- Always ask to see identification before answering any questions. All legitimate salespersons will have clearly visible identification and will produce it when asked.
- If a person requests to enter your residence and is unable to provide proper identification, or makes you feel uncomfortable or uncertain, do not allow that person to enter your residence.
- Don’t feel obligated to invite people you don’t know into your home even if they provide a form of identification, speak to them through your front door.
- Never give personal information to anyone not invited to your home or show them any documents with information about you or your accounts. If there are forms to be filled out, take them to be read at your own leisure. You can return them at a later date.
- If they’re trying to sell you something new, and you are unsure or comfortable, just tell them “no” at your doorstep. If a salesperson continues to pressure you after you’ve asked them to leave (whether they’re inside or outside your home), call the police.
- If they claim to be sent by an existing utility company, leave the person outside and call that company to confirm they have employees in the area. If you are unsure about the company, search them on the internet.
- Always take time to consider what is being offered and advise you will be in contact after considering it. Reputable businesses will avoid high-pressure sales tactics. You don’t have to decide right on the spot. Reputable canvassers will provide contact information for you to follow up and make appointments at a future date.
- If you’re just not sure — say no thanks and close the door.
- Report all suspicious activity to police.
Anyone with information that may assist investigators with this case is asked to call 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).