Greater Sudbury Police Service said it has been made aware that representatives of private water testing and treatment companies are going door-to-door, offering water sampling and testing services.
In many cases, residents are under the impression that these salespeople are employed or contracted by the City of Greater Sudbury. That is not the case.
Representatives from the CGS have confirmed that they are not conducting any such tests at this time.
Everyone should be mindful that visits could take place during evening hours and on weekends — the representative will then advise that their head office is not open for business, but they will still try to convince the homeowner to let them do the work.
Do not feel pressured into accepting services offered to you. Take the time to do the followup and confirm the legitimacy of the company and the work being offered.
Everyone caring for seniors and other vulnerable adults should ensure that they are made aware of this in order to prevent victimization.
-Do not provide personal information unless you have confirmed the legitimacy of the caller or door-to-door representative and the company they represent.
-Insist on having the individual show you an identification photo card as most agencies do provide them to their workers — if you are still uncertain and it is not a service that you have asked for, tell them you are not interested.
-Do not hesitate to tell someone over the phone or at your door that you want to confirm who they are and who they work for. Look up the phone number yourself — they may give you a different number to mislead you.
If you believe you have been victimized by providing personal information, contact your local police service.