Utilities Kingston warns customers of suspicious calls

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Utilities Kingston says concerned customers have alerted them about suspicious phone calls from an un-named company. The callers are attempting to book an appointment for an in-home assessment of gas and electricity appliances.

According to a release from Utilities Kingston, dated Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, the callers may:

  • be targeting seniors.
  • claim to be affiliated with the government, or Environment Canada.
  • claim their program is related to COVID-19, to assist low income or unemployed individuals.
  • ask to inspect water heaters, furnaces or air conditioners.

Utilities Kingston wishes to assure its customers that:

  • It is not affiliated with these companies and is not partnering with them.
  • It is committed to providing efficient and reliable water heater rentals.

If you receive a suspicious call or visit to your home:

  • Remember, you have the right to ask people to leave your property. If they don’t, then contact police.
  • If you receive a suspicious call:
    • Do not provide any personal information including Utilities Kingston or credit card account numbers.
    • Collect any information possible about the caller.
    • Contact Utilities Kingston customer service at 613-546-0000 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to report the incident.
  • Report the incident to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501. This agency collects information on fraud and works closely with police to solve these crimes.
  • If you become a victim of fraud through monetary loss, call Kingston Police at 613-549-4660.

For more information, go to https://utilitieskingston.com/.

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