York police public warning about power-saver scam

Investigators working out of the Major Fraud Unit are warning the public about a scam involving a suspect who has attempted to defraud a citizen of her money by pretending to sell hydro meters.

The victim received a telephone call from a man identifying himself as a hydro-company worker,requesting she buy a hydro meter that would save her money on her monthly electricity bill. The suspect had basic information about the victim including her name, telephone number and address. Fortunately, in this circumstance, the victim asked more questions and became suspicious, ultimately turning down the request for sale.

York Regional Police reminds the public that criminals are opportunists. It is important not to give them the opportunity to make you a victim of crime. Suspects can be very persuasive, using all types of excuses, explanations and offers to lead you away from using your common sense.

Legitimate telemarketers have nothing to hide, however, criminals will say anything to part you from your hard-earned money. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it usually is. There are agencies and services available for you to determine if a company or telemarketer is legitimate.

Fraud can be avoided when you don’t participate. It is important to be armed with information, so education, good judgment and a healthy dose of scepticism are the best defences against becoming a victim.

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