Residents again being warned about misleading salespeople

The Town of New Tecumseth is warning residents that it is not affiliated with any companies or individuals offering to inspect or install any equipment in your home.

The provincial government has banned unsolicited, door-to-door sales of certain household appliances, effective March 1.

New Tecumseth residents have recently contacted municipal officials regarding salespeople making phone calls suggesting affiliation with the town and access to your home is required. The salespeople may be seeking to set up a time to gain access to your home and/or that they are conducting water sampling/water meter/water softener/purifier testing/filter installation on behalf of the municipality. The town has no affiliation with such individuals or companies and does not endorse such activity.

Any town representatives calling you or visiting your house will provide appropriate identification and residents are advised to request those credentials. If a town staff member does visit your home, they will typically be in an official Town of New Tecumseth vehicle.

Points to remember should you choose to answer the phone, make an appointment and/or open your door to a salesperson include: do not invite the person(s) inside; do not sign any documents under pressure; and if you are not interested in what is being offered or if they use aggressive tactics, ask them to leave your property. If you are suspicious, immediately report the incident to police. The non-emergency line of the Nottawasaga OPP is 1-888-310-1122.

If you have questions or concerns about any door-to-door experience you have had, call the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services at 1-800-889-9768. For details about the Government of Ontario Door-to-Door Sales Prohibition Act, visit www.ontario.ca.

 

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