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Business owners warned about door-to-door scam


The City of Oshawa is warning of a potential scam targeting businesses with entry doors that do not open or close automatically.

Concerned business owners have reported in-person visits from individuals who claim to be from the city.

The individuals review entry doors and recommend the purchase and installation of automatic entry doors, some even citing city by-laws.

These in-person visits are not from the City of Oshawa or the Region of Durham.

Additionally, city and regional employees and authorized contractors always wear identification badges when they visit households or places of business.

Residents should contact Durham Region Police Service at 905-579-1520 and report individuals who do not have identification badges who go door-to-door saying they are with the City of Oshawa.

Business owners can protect themselves by asking for identification.

They can also contact Service Oshawa at 905-436-3311 to confirm if the phone call or visit is legitimate and made on behalf of the City of Oshawa.

It’s also advised to not provide payment or personal information such as banking information, or passwords.

If fraud is suspected, it can be reported to Durham Region Police Service or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.