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Police warn residents not to give in to high pressure sales tactics

police warn residents about sales tactics


Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) urge residents not to give in to high pressure sales tactics. Door-to-door canvassers can use high pressure tactics and can be aggressive in nature. Residents may find themselves purchasing a product or signing up for a service which they don't need or want.

Some common door-to-door scams include solicitations for charitable donations, investment opportunities or a service involving the sale or maintenance of water heaters, furnaces, or air conditioners.

On August 11 an elderly couple in the Municipality of Grey Highlands signed a contract to purchase a water softener from an unknown male who used high-pressure sales. They did not need or want the water softener. The couple's daughter intervened and was able to get the contract voided.

Tips on how to protect yourself:
- Ask for photo identification. Get the name of the salesperson and the name of the company or charity they represent.

- Never share any personal information or copies of any bills or financial statements.

- Research before you invest. Don't sign anything - and always read the fine print.

- If a contract is signed within the home, a "cooling off" period exists. In Ontario, consumers have the right to cancel a contract for any reason within a 10 day cooling off period. There is a 20 day cooling off period for water heater contracts.

- Know your rights. The Provincial and Territorial Consumer Affairs Office, at has guidelines under their Consumer Protection Act (CPA).

- Visit the Canada Revenue Agency website under "Charities and Giving" for more information and a list of all registered charities -


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