Ontario Provincial Police on Manitoulin Island are warning seniors about a home renovation scam circulating the community.

Police say a senior was targeted last week by three men who offered to do a driveway-sealing job for an agreed price.

Officers say they then apparently did sub-standard work and raised the price after it was done, demanding payment in cash.

But police say that's not all.

"Obviously that was an issue for this senior, but while they were at the residence, one of the males went in and used her washroom twice. We believe that that was obviously him getting access to her residence, because when they left, the senior's wallet was empty. She had money in it and it was all gone," said OPP Constable Marie Ford.

Police say the three male "contractors" were seen using a wine-coloured, crew-cab, half-ton pickup and also a white crew-cab, half-ton pickup.

They are reminding the public to be cautious when being approached by anyone wanting to do work on your home:

  • Never allow strangers to enter your home (via internet, phone or door) and take information about you and/or your assets.
  • Do not feel pressured into signing contracts.
  • Do not be afraid to ask for advice from a trusted person.
  • Remember, if in doubt, do not proceed and call the police immediately about anything suspicious!


If you or someone you know are a victim of a fraud or scam, please contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or your nearest police authority.

 The Canadian Anti-fraud Centre is a resource anyone can use to access the known frauds in Ontario. The public can also contact them to file a complaint.  Please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or report online at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.