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Thursday July 25th, 2013, 2:07pm


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Windsor Police have recently received complaints about private company representatives conducting door-to-door solicitation in the City of Windsor for energy products such as water heaters and furnaces.

Police say some private companies may have names similar to government organizations.

Under most circumstances, police say the salesperson typically tells the homeowner they need to enter the home to inspect the furnace or water heater and uses various sales tactics to secure an agreement.

Door to door, private salespeople represent a private company, according to Police, and are not affiliated with the Ontario Energy Board. The Ontario Energy Board does not solicit door-to-door. They are a regulatory body under the Ministry of Energy for the Province of Ontario. The Ontario Energy Board can be contacted at 1-888-632-6273.

Windsor Police are reminding the public to be cautious anytime a person is soliciting door-to-door. Residents are under no obligation to allow a door-to-door salesperson into their residence.

They urge you to be alert to private companies with names similar to government organizations. Do not share personal information unless you are sure you want to sign a contract. Always read the fine print and research the company before signing any contracts or service agreements.

Sergeant Pamela Mizuno says if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

For more information on door-to-door sales, your rights when it comes to water heater rentals, and more, visit the Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services website:

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