Reports of Suspicious Driveway Repair Crew
Thunder Bay, ON – The Thunder Bay Police Service is cautioning residents about an ongoing potential scam involving a driveway repair crew. Multiple reports have prompted an investigation into these incidents, and the police are urging caution and vigilance among the public.
In recent days, more reports have come in regarding a potential scam involving individuals offering driveway repair services. While these incidents are under active investigation, the police are taking the opportunity to remind residents to exercise caution when considering such services.
Avoid Verbal Agreements
To avoid becoming a victim of fraud, the Thunder Bay Police Service strongly advises residents against entering into any agreement for driveway repairs or paving without a written contract. Verbal agreements, cash payments, or handshake deals are discouraged, as they may leave individuals vulnerable to unscrupulous tactics.
If It Sounds Too Good to Be True…
Residents are also reminded that if an offer seems too good to be true, it likely is. Scammers often use enticing promises to lure victims into their schemes. Staying vigilant and skeptical of unusually generous offers can help individuals protect themselves from falling prey to fraud.
Previous Media Release for Context
For more context on these incidents and the ongoing investigation, the Thunder Bay Police Service has attached a previously issued media release:
TB23033115: BUYER BEWARE: Homeowners concerned about suspicious driveway repair crew
This earlier release details an incident in which an elderly male was reportedly intimidated into paying over $100,000 for driveway repair services after initially agreeing to a $30,000 repair job. The investigation into this matter remains ongoing.
Protect Yourself from Scams and Frauds
The Thunder Bay Police Service emphasizes that individuals have the right to decline unsolicited sales pitches and advises residents to exercise caution when contacted by unknown service providers. If you suspect that a service provider may be legitimate, seek out their contact information independently and initiate contact on your terms.
It is crucial never to use contact information provided by a suspected fraudster, as caller ID can be spoofed. For more information on ongoing scams and frauds and how to protect yourself, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online at https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm.
Remaining vigilant and informed is key to preventing scams and protecting your financial well-being.