Duct Cleaning Scam Calls
Scams are unfortunately a common occurrence in today’s world, and they come in all shapes and sizes. One such scam that has been on the rise in recent years is the duct cleaning scam. These scams are often run by individuals who use high-pressure tactics to convince homeowners to have their ducts cleaned for a low price, only to upsell them later on or fail to provide the service they promised.
The duct cleaning scam is similar to other scams in that it preys on people’s fears and insecurities. The scammers use tactics such as fear-mongering, false advertising, and misinformation to convince people that their ducts need to be cleaned immediately. They often target vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly or those who are not familiar with the duct cleaning process.
One common tactic used by duct cleaning scammers is to offer a low initial price, such as $150, and then upsell additional services once they arrive at the home. They may also use scare tactics to convince homeowners that their ducts are clogged with dangerous levels of dust, mold, or bacteria, which can cause health problems if not addressed immediately.
Another common tactic used by these scammers is to convince homeowners not to sign a contract or agreement for the service. They may claim that a contract is not necessary or that it will delay the cleaning process. However, not having a contract means that homeowners have no legal recourse if the service is not provided as promised.
Unfortunately, these types of scams are not limited to the duct cleaning industry. The CBC Marketplace investigation highlighted how some seniors were targeted by scammers offering to refinance their mortgages for them. The scammers would use false advertising and high-pressure tactics to convince seniors to sign up for these services, which often resulted in them losing thousands of dollars.
So, what can you do to protect yourself from these types of scams? Firstly, always do your research before agreeing to any service. Check the company’s reputation online and look for reviews from previous customers. Secondly, always get a written agreement or contract for any service you agree to, and read it carefully before signing. Finally, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Trust your instincts and don’t be afraid to walk away from a potential scam.
At Vacu-Man, we are a family-owned and operated furnace and duct cleaning company with over 40 years of experience serving the Hamilton, Burlington, and Oakville areas. We pride ourselves on our reputation for honesty, transparency, and quality service. We understand the importance of having clean air in your home and will never use scare tactics or high-pressure tactics to sell our services. We believe that our customers deserve to be treated with respect and that our work speaks for itself. Contact us today to schedule your duct cleaning service and experience the Vacu-Man difference.