Police caution homeowners to watch for ‘scammers’ as spring sprouts

Barrie police are cautioning homeowners to beware of the “door-to-door scam” artists that seem to sprout annually with spring.
The “scammers,” police say, can knock on the door offering spring deals on “everything from roofing to driveway repair and replacement to yard related tasks such as landscaping and maintenance.” If the service is legitimate, employees can be expected to wear some sort of identification, and if they don’t “you have the right to ask for proof of who they are and who they are representing.”
If proper ID is not presented, “then you can and should ask them to leave,” police advise.
Police also remind “homeowners to never let someone into your home unless you have contacted them and asked them to come for a specific reason. Flyers that are delivered with the mail allow you to research out the company and determine if the service they are offering is one that is right for you.”
And before agreeing to a service, check references and the Better Business Bureau.
The Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services website can also be referenced at www.ontario.ca/ministry-government-and-consumer-services if you are unsure about a seller that comes to your door and what your rights are if you sign a contract.