The Duct Cleaning Calls You Get May Not Be From Vacu-Man—Here's Why
Hello, folks! It’s Adam Oldfield, the President of Vacu-Man Furnace and Duct Cleaning. I’ve got a serious topic to cover today: duct cleaning calls from overseas impostors impersonating legit companies like ours. Oh yeah, even I get those calls, can you believe it? 😂 For an in-depth look, you might want to check out our article on how to identify a scam call.
The Phone Call That Wasn’t From Us
About a year ago, I had a customer inform me that we were running late for a 2 p.m. appointment. Plot twist: we had no such appointment! 😲 After some digging, it turns out she was lured by a Facebook ad that impersonated Vacu-Man, offering a duct cleaning special for just $110. Curious? We’ve got an article that digs into how fake online ads work.
Ah, the saga continues! Just this past week, in September 6, 2023, my phone buzzes at 3 PM with another “you’re late” call for a job that was supposedly booked with us at Vacu-Man. The twist? I was never booked, but someone was claiming to bill only $110 in my company’s name! Yup, you guessed it—Kalair Home Service Inc. was behind this rerun. 🤦♂️ When I confronted them, they conveniently blamed an advertising company for the mix-up. But don’t be fooled; I spoke directly with the individual, and he still had the audacity to claim he’s subcontracting my company, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Déjà vu or what?
The Real Culprit: Overseas Marketing Services
Eventually, I met the so-called “Vacu-Man” face-to-face. This fella was from a legitimate duct cleaning company out of Brampton that employed an overseas marketing service. The issue? They used our good name, Vacu-Man—four decades of family-run credibility—without our consent! Just so you know, quality work done by our licensed gas techs can’t be done for $99. We believe in living wages, people!
Local Impersonators: It’s a Real Problem
In one particular instance, a company called Kalair Home Service Inc. claimed to be a subcontractor of Vacu-Man. And get this: the same guy was caught doing this in Edmonton! 🤦♂️ A quick Google search showed that the business is registered in Canada, but they don’t even have a website. We dig deeper into this issue in our article about how to vet a local service.
How to Protect Yourself
Before you consider any duct cleaning calls as legitimate, do your homework. Visit the website, make a call, and verify the information. Trust me; you don’t want to fall for these scams. If you’re looking for quality furnace and air duct cleaning, why not consider getting a quote from us?
Be cautious, and if you’re getting duct cleaning calls, make sure you’re actually talking to us at Vacu-Man Furnace and Duct Cleaning.. Safety first, everyone!
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