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You’re relaxing at home when the doorbell or phone rings. Do you open the door or pick up the phone? From cleaning to computers, learn to spot these common service scams. 

Means of contact

  • Internet
  • Phone
  • In person
Description of scam
Scammers try to make a connection and convince you that you need a product, service, repair, or support requiring specific expertise, or at an impossibly low cost, such as: 
  • Air duct cleaning
  • Low interest rate and credit cards
  • Insurance
  • Computer tech support  that require access to your computer.
  • Cell phone support 
  • Immigration services
Tactics used
  • Often they will focus on a neighbourhood, going door-to-door.
  • Unsolicited telephone calls (they may claim to be a Microsoft or other well-known computer company employee).
  • Requests for passwords, personal identification, banking or account information.
Additional information
If the offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. Before agreeing to any services, be sure to do your research:
  • Is the company reputable?
  • Does the company get good reviews?
  • Have there been complaints registered with the Better Business Bureau? 

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