RCMP in­ves­ti­gate door-to-door util­ity fraud

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Pa­trick Ko­lafa file­photo

Drumheller RCMP is in­ves­ti­gat­ing a door-todoor cam­paign that may have been sign­ing up lo­cal cus­tomers for util­ity ser­vice with­out their knowl­edge.

Con­sta­ble Jon Fo­ran tells The Mail there have had sev­eral re­ports of lo­cal res­i­dents be­ing signed up for Di­rect En­ergy ser­vices with­out their knowl­edge or con­sent. It has been al­leged the home­own­ers’ sig­na­tures were forged by a con­trac­tor for Di­rect En­ergy.

“This is the first time I have heard of this go­ing on,” said Fo­ran.

In in­stances where the cus­tomer was not with Di­rect En­ergy, their cur­rent en­ergy provider was dis­con­tin­ued, and Di­rect En­ergy took over the ser­vice and billed the cus­tomer ac­cord­ingly.

Be­gin­ning Jan­uary 1, the prov­ince pro­hib­ited the so­lic­i­ta­tion of door-to-door sales of en­ergy prod­ucts.

“Now the fact is this is il­le­gal, you can’t even go door-to-door to sell,” he said.

He said right now there are two ac­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tions, how­ever, has heard of more. He said of­ten peo­ple are hes­i­tant to come for­ward when they are the vic­tims of an al­leged scam. He en­cour­ages any­one who may have ex­pe­ri­enced this type of in­ci­dent to come for­ward.

He adds that with an ac­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion, it may be eas­ier to get a res­o­lu­tion.

The more peo­ple I can get, the bet­ter,” he said.

Should you have any in­for­ma­tion on this or any other crime, or feel you may be a vic­tim, please con­tact Drumheller RCMP at 403-823-2630 or Crimestop­pers at 1-800-2228477.

RCMP al­lege a door-to-door util­ity sales­per­son forged sig­na­tures on util­ity con­tracts and en­cour­age those who may have been a vic­tim of fraud to come for­ward

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