City of Hamilton warns residents of door-to-door scam

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Published June 1, 2021 at 11:21 am

Hamiltonians are being told to watch out for a door-to-door scam after a resident recently reported being solicited by someone claiming to be affiliated with the City of Hamilton.

In a press release issued Tuesday (June 1), the City of Hamilton said homeowners should exercise caution if they’re approached by ‘unsolicited private contractors or representatives who claim to be affiliated with the City or speak about City services.’

The release said that the most recently reported case happened when a homeowner was approached by someone pretending to work for the City under the guise of replacing lead pipes or water service lines.

“As part of the sales pitch for lead-free pipes, the person claimed the homeowner would be eligible for a grant if they provided a void cheque or banking information,” the release said.

“Although this is the first report of this specific activity, it is not an uncommon tactic used by individuals who may be trying to take advantage of a homeowner.”

The City said that any representative visiting a home would have a City of Hamilton identification card and City of Hamilton uniform.

“The City typically only visits a home during an emergency situation such as a water main break that would disrupt water service to the home, or for a previously arranged appointment about a specific issue or complaint,” the release said.

Anyone approached by unsolicited contractors or suspicious individuals claiming to be affiliated with the City of Hamilton should contact the City of Hamilton at 905-546-CITY (2489) for verification or to report the incident.

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