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Nanaimo Mounties warn about door-to-door scam

Nanaimo RCMP are warning the public about an unlicenced company targeting the elderly.

Mounties recently received numerous similar complaints from Courtenay  to Sidney, B.C., about a group of middle-aged men who go door to door offering on-the-spot dryer vent and furnace duct cleaning services.

Customers describe the men as unprofessional and aggressive in their soliciting practices and in some cases significant damages were caused and improperly repaired.

Victims have little to no recourse and are often left to cover the cost of the repairs.

Police are reminding people they have the right to refuse services offered by solicitors and encourage potential customers to make inquiries through the Better Business Bureau before hiring anyone to perform work at their homes.

Anyone who believes they have been the victim of one of this scam is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.

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