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Door to Door Scams

The Edmonton Police Service would like to remind citizens to be on the look out for door-to-door fraud scams and consider the following crime prevention tips:

  1. The Golden Rule: When an offer seems too good to be true, it usually is.
  2. Keep personal information private. Never give your bank account, social security, or credit card numbers to anyone you don’t know and trust. 
  3. If a salesperson approaches you, insist they:
    • Explain up front the purpose of the visit and produce identification;
    • Provide their contact details in the agreement; and
    • Leave the premises if you ask them to do so.

  4. Avoid high pressure sales. Say “no” to any offer or deal that is only available right now.
  5. If you are interested in what a door-to-door salesperson has to offer, take the time to find out about their business and their offer.
    • Legitimate door-to-door vendors, including those collecting for charities, will usually leave materials behind for your review. With a phone call or internet search, you will be able to judge whether the offer is legitimate.
  6. Search the business on the web. Research to see if there are other consumers who have commented on the quality of their work – many scams can be identified this way.
  7. You are never obligated to allow a salesperson into your home. Typically, a salesperson from a reputable franchise you do business with or want to do business with will call ahead to arrange a meeting. If not, do not let them in.
  8. Never pay for a prize. If you are offered a prize but are asked to pay a “processing fee” or “taxes in advance” it is likely a scam. You should not have to pay anything to win a free prize.
  9. If you've been a victim call the Edmonton Police Service immediately at 780-423-4567 or #377 from your mobile phone. If you're a victim of fraud, do not be afraid to come forward. You are not alone. We are here to help you.