The City of London is out with a warning after noticing a spike in door-to-door scams.
According to Water Quality Manager Dan Huggins, people have reported having someone come to their door, sometimes claiming to work for Health Canada, and offering to test their water and then sell them a filtration system.
“People are signing up and spending thousands of dollars for these systems. It’s a door-to-door scam. People aren’t doing real tests. They’re not authorized drinking water testers, these aren’t laboratory tests, they’re simple tricks to make the water look contaminated and to trick people into purchasing the systems they’re selling.”
Over the last two weeks the city has received 15 to 20 calls from concerned residents.
“Normally we wouldn’t receive any but they do seem to come in waves. Certainly for every person who takes the time to call us and let us know that this has happened there’s many, many others who don’t,” says Huggins.
“I wouldn’t let anyone into my house if they just came to my door claiming they were there to do water testing.”
Anyone concerned about water quality can contact the city, but Huggins is reminding residents that London’s drinking water is safe.
“Ontario has some of the highest standards in the world for drinking water and London’s water surpasses those standards. If you have any concerns about your drinking water talk to us but please don’t believe people who show up at your door claiming they’re there to test the water.”
The City of London adds that while occasionally city workers will contact homeowners regarding water quality issues they will always have identification proving they are city employees and they will never try to sell you anything.