Police are warning citizens to be careful when buying firewood.
Over the years, the HRP/RCMP Integrated Financial Crime Unit has investigated several complaints where citizens ordered firewood but received less than what they had purchased. These cases typically involve sellers who post their numbers on the side of the road or advertise on an online advertisement site. These cases also often involve fraudulent receipts which adds to the difficulty in investigating these complaints.
To reduce the risk of becoming a victim of fraud, HRM Partners in Policing offer the following tips:
- Always use reputable companies. Contact the Better Business Bureau at 422-6581 or visit http://maritimeprovinces.bbb.org/Find‑Business‑Reviews/ to verify the authenticity and reputation of companies.
- Ensure you are home for delivery.
- Verify with the delivery person that the information on the receipt is correct, including the company name, address and phone number, and write down the make, model and license plate number of the delivery vehicle. In the event a fraudulent receipt is issued, having this information will help the investigation.
Frauds and scams, whether it involves buying something on-line or hiring a company to do work for you, can often be prevented by taking precautions and doing some research. Never provide any personal information over the phone unless you have initiated the call or know with whom you are speaking. Remember, if a deal seems too good to be true, then it probably is.
If you think you have been the victim of a fraud, contact the HRP/RCMP Integrated Financial Crime Unit at 490-1985.