Scam alert issued

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP have issued an alert to residents of a possible carpet cleaning scam making its way through the area.

Instead of cleaning carpets, police say a scam artist is allegedly cleaning bank accounts.

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP have issued an alert to residents of a possible carpet cleaning scam making its way through the area.

It appears a person promoting his company is making door to door appearances about cleaning carpets.

“The individual wants to come in your house to give an estimate,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk in explaining the scam.

“The phone number they are using does not come back to a local company but a random residence in the area.”

Molendyk said there is some indication the alleged scam artist or artists are working out of a local motel in Vernon.

“The police just want to remind anyone who wants to use any service to do some research from places like the Yellow Pages, the Better Business Bureau or even speak to your friends or neighbours,” said Molendyk.

“Do not be tricked by individuals just walking up to do work off the street.  It could cost you a lot more in the long run, and you have no way to re-contact them if the work is not done up to standard.”