The Lanark County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is advising the community to be aware of persons posing as furnace inspectors representing the Ontario Power Authority. A woman in the Clayton area was solicited at her front door and pressured into setting up and appointment to have her furnace and hot water tank inspected the next day.
She became suspicious and contacted the Ontario Power Authority. She was advised that The Ontario Power Authority does not solicit door to door or by phone and does not hire anybody to do so for them.
The woman was able to cancel the appointment before they attended her residence again. She was not able to identify the contract company.
People should always ask for identification before opening the door to unsolicited sales persons and be careful to whom they are letting into their homes. Once these aggressive sales persons are let in it is very hard to get them out without a yes to their services. Residents are encouraged to take their time and make an informed decsion.