Ontario Provincial Police
Police provinciale de l’Ontario
FROM/DE: Upper Ottawa Valley OPP
DATE: February 2, 2024
AREA RESIDENTS TARGETED BY INDIVIDUALS CLAIMING TO BE ASSOCIATED
WITH THE ONTARIO ENERGY BOARD (OEB)
(PEMBROKE, ON) – The Upper Ottawa Valley (UOV) Detachment of the Ontario
Provincial Police (OPP) has recently received several complaints from area residents
who have been solicited by individuals claiming to be associated with the Ontario
Energy Board (OEB). The OEB does not engage and is not involved in any type of sales
Typically, the individuals will contact a homeowner by way of telephone requesting to attend the residence in order to conduct a green energy assessment to qualify for a
green energy rebate. Once in the home, the representative will use high pressure sales
tactics to have the homeowner purchase products and services in order to qualify for a
Service scams continue to pose a threat to Ontario consumers and businesses. Doorto-door salespeople can use high pressure tactics and can be aggressive in nature.
Consumers may find themselves in a situation where they purchase a product or signed up for a service contract they neither need nor want.
In 2018, Ontario banned unsolicited, door‐to‐door sales of certain household appliances to better protect consumers from aggressive and misleading contracting at home. The new rules apply to air cleaners, air conditioners, air purifiers, duct cleaning services, furnaces, water filters, water heaters, water purifiers, water softeners, water treatment devices as well as bundles of these goods and services.
In 2017, Ontario banned energy retailers from signing up customers for an energy contract while at their homes to give consumers the ability to make choices about their energy supply at their own pace and with better information.
Know your rights under the Consumer Protection Act, at https://www.ontario.ca/page/your-rights-under-consumer-protection-act
Find consumer information and protection tips from the OEB at https://www.oeb.ca/consumer-information-and-protection/oebs-consumer-protectionrole/energy-scams.
How can you prevent yourself from becoming a victim?
- Ask for photo ID, get the name of the person and the name of the company or charity they represent;
- Be sure to get it in writing, ask for literature and don’t feel pressured to make a decision on the spot;
- Never share any personal information or copies of any bills or financial statements;
- Research before you invest. Don’t sign anything and always read the fine print;
- An energy retailer cannot sign you up for an energy contract while they are at your home.
For more information about the rules that energy retailers must follow, visit:
For other contracts signed within the home, you have a cooling off period. For example, consumers in Ontario have the right to cancel a contract for any reason within a 10-day cooling off period. For water heater contracts, there is a 20-day cooling off period; and
If you believe you have become a victim of fraud, contact your local police service and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 (toll-free) or report online at www.antifraudcentre.ca. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or report the incident online at www.valleytips.ca.
X: @OPP_ER or @OPP_COMM_ER