Halton police offer tips to deal with door-to-door salespeople in Oakville, Milton, Burlington


Published September 9, 2022 at 12:36 pm

Halton police are warning residents of Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills to be wary when faced with door-to-door sales attempts.

Door-to-door sales is an in-person technique used to sell products and/or services.

“When a stranger comes to your home, it’s important to ensure you protect yourself by being aware and trusting your instincts,” said a police spokesperson.

“Be extremely cautious who you let into your home. A salesperson or contractor asking to enter your home should be concerning. When in doubt, you can always call police at (905) 825-4747 to report about a suspicious person.”

Halton police are also passing on additional tips about dealing with this sales technique to residents from the Office of Consumer Affairs:

  • Ask to see the salesperson’s company-issued identification and seller’s license or registration. Take note of their name, and the name and address of the company they represent.
  • Don’t be pressured into buying on the spot.
  • If you are interested in the product, ask for a brochure and then compare their prices with those of other merchants.
  • Ask for references and be sure to check them. Research the seller’s reputation by contacting your local Better Business Bureau and check for reviews.
  • Contact at least two more companies and compare the results. Always get estimates before making a decision on large purchases.

Resident should also be aware you are in no way obligated to provide any personal information to salespeople or contractors who come to your door.

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