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Carpet Selling Scam Covers Neighborhoods in Ottawa

June 26, 2008: Authorities in Ottawa Canada have been alerted to a band of scam artist sales people peddling oriental rugs door to door.  Apparently their sales tactics have been aggressive in an attempt to vend low commercial grade rugs as "high end handmade Oriental Rugs."  It is unknown whether or not the rugs actually are hand made, however authorities are reasonably certain their explanations for selling such rugs are bogus, as one homeowner stated the seller needed to return to their home country, however could not bring the rugs with them.  One of the bigger problems is scammers are not creating any written agreements or furnishing paperwork with transactions they make.  If the homeowner they approach is not interested in the rugs, apparently they also aggressively request cash business loans as part of their scam.  According to authorities, these scammers have been reported in several other areas of Ontario, often approaching elderly people.  

Have you been one of the locals subject to such call Ottawa police Det. Jorge Mendonca at 613-236-1222, ext. 5942 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS).



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