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Sealing job turns into a stealing job

They then increased the job price considerably and demanded payment in cash
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Sadly, another fraud to report, this time on Manitoulin.

Once again a senior citizen was the victim and police are warning about being approached by anyone wanting to do work on their homes. 

OPP say last week, three men knocked on the door of a Manitoulin Island woman, offering to do a "driveway sealing job."

Once she agreed to the set fee, the men performed the work but it was done in a sub-standard manner. 

They then increased the job price considerably and demanded payment in cash. 

While one of the men was at the residence he also asked to use the washroom twice, which the homeowner allowed. After he had left the residence,  she noticed that all of her money was missing from her wallet. 

The police investigation has revealed that the man asked to use the washroom in order to gain access to the home.

The suspect vehicle is described as a wine coloured, crew cab, half tonne pickup truck.

The OPP are warning the public:

  • Never allow strangers to enter your home (via internet, phone or door) and take information about you and/or your assets.
  • Do not feel pressured into signing contracts.
  • Do not be afraid to ask for advice from a trusted person.
  • Remember, if in doubt, do not proceed and call the police immediately about anything suspicious!