If you live in Mississauga, a day will not pass without an Air Duct Cleaning telemarketer reaching out to you. In March 2015, the CRTC listed, shamed and fined nine companies in the Greater Toronto area for their renowned air duct cleaning scams. All these nine companies received hefty fines, but they had already done their damage to the area’s legitimate air duct cleaning companies.
Every homeowner should know the “blow-and-go” air duct cleaning companies. They charge a nominal fee for their services but often do a poor job cleaning the HVAC system in your house. They might also persuade you to pay for unnecessary services.
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How Blow-And-Go Scams Work?
They rely on the bait and switch tactic where scammers make cold calls to customers by spoofing different numbers, especially local ones. Once you pick the call, they will offer you screaming deals. Eventually, you will get roped in and make appointments. However, once they arrive at your home for the service, they will instantly mention that you have mould and other toxic substances in your HVAC system.
Remember that these are false claims these scammers use to extort money from you. You will end up paying 2 or 3 times these quotes. Unfortunately, the scam has been around for many years. Yes, you might have signed up for the Do Not Call List, but a few scammers are likely going to get through.
How To Protect Yourself
To avoid these scams, use these valuable tips to protect yourself.
- If the offer sounds too good to be true, it is. Cleaning air ducts is costly, but you need to have it done by a reputable company for the best results.
- Always read the fine print before signing contracts to understand the type of work to be done and the cost.
- Don’t share personal information such as social insurance numbers, credit card numbers, date of birth, etc.
- If you receive an unexpected call and it feels uneasy, especially the sales pitch, you need to hang up immediately.
- Download caller ID so that you can filter unwanted calls. You can also use a call blocking app to prevent scam calls from getting through your phone.
Conclusion – Air Duct Cleaning Scams
You will likely receive flyers and coupons in your mail advertising extremely cheap HVAC mould and soot removal, whole house air duct cleaning and much more. Contact the local Better Business Bureau to report a company you suspect of trying out the “blow-and-go” air duct cleaner.