District reminds residents to protect themselves against door to door scams


The District Municipality of Muskoka (District) would like to remind residents to stay safe and avoid common door to door scams during this holiday season.

Municipalities, local utility companies, and other government organizations do not send salespeople door-to-door, and the District does not have anyone going door to door asking for personal information.

“Remember not to allow anyone that you do not know into your home or provide them with any of your personal information,” reminds Fred Jahn, Commissioner of Engineering and Public Works. “If the District were to send someone to your home, our employees would be in uniform, have proper ID, and there would be a District vehicle in the area. We also will arrange for an appointment or respond to a customer request so that our arrival is not unexpected.”

Consumer Protection Ontario provides important information about residents’ rights and tips to avoid common door-to-door sales scams:

  • When someone comes to your door, ask them to show photo ID and get the name of the person and the business.
  • Never share personal information (like a copy of your water, electricity or gas bill).
  • Look at the company name on the salesperson’s business card and promotional material and see if it matches the company name on the proposed contract.
  • If you ask that salesperson to leave, they must leave right away. If you feel unsafe, call police.

For more tips on how to avoid door to door scams visit http://www.ontario.ca/page/door-door-sales-andhome-service-contracts.

If you have questions or concerns about any door-to-door experiences, call Consumer Protection Ontario toll-free at 1-800-889-9768. TTY users call 1-877-666-6545.

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