Police said the individuals would usually phone a homeowner asking to conduct a green energy assessment to qualify for a green energy rebate or Ontario Rebate Program for COVID-19 relief. Once in the home, the representative would use high pressure sales tactics to have the homeowner purchase products and services in order to qualify for a rebate.
The Ontario Energy Board confirmed it did not use such sales activity, and had received more than 710 complaints across the province about energy scams in 2020. Complaints in eastern Ontario had increased since October, police said.
Anyone who believed they were a victim of fraud was urged to contact their local police service and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 (toll-free) or report online at www.antifraudcentre.ca. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or report the incident online at www.ontariocrimestoppers.ca.