Wood Buffalo RCMP advise residents of ‘door knocker’ scam

Posted on Sep 18, 2018

September 17, 2018

Fort McMurray, AB: On September 17, 2018, Wood Buffalo RCMP received information regarding current reports of people door knocking, advising they are water testers. The individuals are going door to door in Fort McMurray stating that they have been contracted out by the Government of Alberta and City of Fort McMurray to provide water filtration systems to the residents. In some cases, they are stating they need to get this installed before residents have serious health issues, and are stating the province is providing a rebate to cover the cost for this. Residents are being asked to sign a document and provide a blank cheque, and if they don’t follow suit, then residents are being advised they will lose their place in line. Police are advising residents that the RMWB has not contracted any companies out, and these people are providing false information. Police are advising residents not to give out money, blank cheques, or release any personal information to strangers.

Police would like to remind residents all residents are responsible for crime reduction. Here are some crime reduction tips:
1. Lock your doors to your house, shed, garage, and vehicles.
2. Turn exterior lights on, or have them on a nightly timer.
3. Ensure your video surveillance systems are in good working order.
4. Question people knocking on your door, or who want to access your property. Ask for their identification tags, and make note of them, or take a picture of the ID tag.
5. Report any suspicious activity to police.

In order to assist police in accurately identifying areas of crime, residents are asked to report suspicious activity to police as soon as possible. RCMP are then able to track where crime is occurring, identify areas of interest, and are able to increase their presence and patrols in targeted areas. If you observe any suspicious activity or crime, you are asked to contact the Wood Buffalo RCMP at 780-788-4040, or your local police.
Alternatively, if you would like to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or on the internet at www.tipsubmit.com.

Media Contact:
Corporal Teri-Ann Deobald
Wood Buffalo RCMP-GRC
(780) 215-1405