National Home Services Scam
A salesman came to my door in Ottawa this past weekend. He said that his company, National Home Services, would be installing new energy efficient water heaters in my area. I asked what relationship his company had with Embridge, my gas supplier. He said that his company is a subcontractor to Embridge. He clearly implied that such a relationship already existed.
He showed me a document that was a replica of an Embridge invoice. He said, "see, you can save lots of money on this bill." I asked, and he denied that it was my bill. This was clearly a distraction tactic, to imply a relationship with Embridge.
I told him that I rented my water heater from Direct Energy, and asked what relationship his company had with them. He was amazing! He threw up his hands and said "ok, if you don't care about the environment!" What a line!
It took five minutes of my repeated questioning for him to tell me that his company is a competitor with Direct Energy, and he showed me a contract, which had written at the bottom, just above the signature area, NATIONAL HOME SERVICES HAS NO AFFILIATION WITH DIRECT ENERGY. At least I think those were the exact words. One would have had to agree to sign the contract with National Home Services before one would realize that this fellow's company was a competitor, if one hadn't questioned him as severely as I did. I asked him to leave a copy of the contract with me, and I would research his company and consider siging up. He refused. He told me I had to agree now, or I could not see the contract again.
NEVER buy at the door!