The City of Calgary is warning residents of a scam involving individuals going door to door and claiming to be representatives from the city.
The scammers allegedly show up at residents’ homes and say they are representing a home service company or claiming they are from the City of Calgary.
The individuals provide “misleading” information or ask to test residents’ water and recommend water treatment systems.
“This is a scam and is NOT endorsed by the City of Calgary,” said the City in a release. “The City of Calgary does not go door to door asking to test residents’ water.”
The city is reminding of the following tips regarding door to door scams:
- Any agent (salesperson) for a business soliciting “door to door” must have in his/her possession an identification card, which clearly identifies the following:
- Agent’s (sales person’s) name,
- The business name, address and phone number,
- The business licence number and
- The expiry date of the business licence
- The identification card referred to above must be visible at all times while the business is being carried on and must also present the card immediately on request of a prospective customer or a Licence Inspector
- These types of businesses are not permitted to solicit at any dwelling unit between the hours of 9:00 pm and 9:00 am
If someone comes to your home and claims to be an employee of the City of Calgary, do not give them access to your home and call CPS at 403-266-1234.
If the city does require access to a resident’s home, they will call the homeowner first and arrange an appointment.