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Police investigating carpet-selling scam

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Police investigating carpet-selling scam

Ottawa police have become aware of an aggressive door-to-door carpet-selling scam, where low-grade carpets are being peddled as high-quality, handmade luxury items. The suspects have been reported to claim they are returning to their home country and are unable to bring the items with them, and have also targeted elderly people for large business loans. The suspects will pressure the people they solicit to pay in cash, and will keep no records of the transaction. Det. Jorge Mendonca of the Ottawa Police Service Fraud Section said the reports came from the Manotick and Kanata areas specifically, but he expects the suspects have moved on. He also said reports suggest the suspects are claiming the carpets are authentic Turkish or Persian rugs, but that they could be saying something different now. Police note that similar warnings have been issued in other cities. Anyone with any information is asked to call Det. Mendonca at 613-236-1222, ext. 5942, or call Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS).

BY THE OTTAWA CITIZEN JUNE 26, 2008

Ottawa police have become aware of an aggressive door-to-door carpet-selling scam, where low-grade carpets are being peddled as high-quality, handmade luxury items. The suspects have been reported to claim they are returning to their home country and are unable to bring the items with them, and have also targeted elderly people for large business loans. The suspects will pressure the people they solicit to pay in cash, and will keep no records of the transaction. Det. Jorge Mendonca of the Ottawa Police Service Fraud Section said the reports came from the Manotick and Kanata areas specifically, but he expects the suspects have moved on. He also said reports suggest the suspects are claiming the carpets are authentic Turkish or Persian rugs, but that they could be saying something different now. Police note that similar warnings have been issued in other cities. Anyone with any information is asked to call Det. Mendonca at 613-236-1222, ext. 5942, or call Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS).

Categories: Flooring Scams...Buyers Beware.

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