The Nova Scotia RCMP wants citizens to beware of unethical companies who are defrauding Nova Scotians and specifically targeting seniors.
The companies are defrauding people by taking deposits from clients for goods and services that are never delivered. When a victim realizes they have been scammed, the company has likely already changed their name and the victim loses their deposit.
“It is important that people take steps to protect themselves from these unethical companies,” says Cpl. Jennifer Clarke. “Fraud is one of the most common crimes against seniors, as victims are often home alone or do not have family or friends to consult when they receive unsolicited demands from companies.”
Citizens should always be suspicious of anyone who calls or shows up at your home and demands money for unsolicited goods or services. Never give out your credit card, bank account, or personal information to someone over the phone, at the door, or over the Internet unless you know the person or organization you are dealing with, or you made the initial contact.
If you receive suspicious calls or visits from a company demanding payment for an unwanted service, contact the Better Business Bureau to verify the legitimacy of the company before you provide a deposit. If they appear to be fraudulent, stop communicating with the company immediately and file a complaint with either the Better Business Bureau or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
If you have been defrauded by an unethical company, contact your nearest RCMP detachment or local police department to report the crime.
Source: Media Release