Three arrested after attempted door-to-door scam in Prince Edward County

In the past few years, door-to-door sales of driveway paving or sealing services that have turned out to be scams have become increasingly common in Ontario. File photo.

Three individuals have been arrested in connection with a door-to-door scam attempt in Prince Edward County earlier this week, police have reported.

According to a press release from the Prince Edward County (PEC) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024, OPP officers received a report that an individual had been approached the previous day by someone offering driveway paving services.

“The resident requested that the work be done the next day, but this wary homeowner was suspicious and contacted the OPP. When the scammer and his partners returned, they quickly fled upon learning that the police had been contacted,” the OPP said.

Officers located the vehicle on Highway 62 and arrested three individuals. The OPP noted that the three people were not charged but were turned over to a Federal enforcement partner. While federal law enforcement is generally assumed to be carried out by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), military law enforcement, park wardens, and environmental and wildlife enforcement officers are all considered part of Canada’s federal branch of law enforcement. The PEC OPP would not confirm RCMP involvement in this matter. However, in response to Kingstonist inquiries, Constable Aaron Miller, Media Relations Officer for the PEC OPP, confirmed that all three of those arrested were not local residents. Miller said that the incident on Valentine’s Day occurred “just outside” of Picton.

“There was originally an arrangement for a job to be completed the next day. That job would have either likely not been completed, or half done, etc. Luckily, the individual called police,” Miller said when asked if any funds had been exchanged/lost in the incident.

“Last summer, we saw similar cases with driveway paving scams door to door. That’s the reason we’re trying to get the tips out!”

In the release, the OPP provided the following tips to help everyone avoid falling victim to fraud:

  • Be wary of unsolicited contractors who approach you.
  • Do not make on the spot decisions about hiring a contractor.
  • Do your research.
  • If it’s too good to be true, it likely is!

The OPP also shared that the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre is a wealth of resources for more tips on how to stay safe.

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