There is a scam making the rounds in Whitby….!
Several Whitby residents have received phone calls from fake telemarketers selling a device that’s just too good to be true.
Durham regional police said over the weekend, in advance of the coming heat wave, anonymous callers posing as hydro representatives were attempting to sell a hydro-saving device.
The aggressive caller offers a device they claim has the potential to cut 60 per cent from electricity bills. The device sells for $150, payable by credit card.
“It’s the heat wave. Con artists come out, the timing’s perfect,” said Sgt. Nancy van Rooy.
But savvy hydro customers did not take the bait.
“No one had any interest in it. They decided it didn’t sound right. It seemed fishy,” van Rooy said.
No device exists. Three residents called Whitby Hydro, and then contacted police Monday. But there may be more people affected by the scam, she said.
Hydro officials have confirmed they are not involved in the sale of such products.
“We don’t sell products at Whitby Hydro. The only thing that saves energy is turning things off,” said Paul Elliott, vice-president of customer services.
Durham police are warning people to be wary of releasing personal or financial information over the phone.