Utilities Kingston Marks Fraud Prevention Month

March is Fraud Prevention Month, and Utilities Kingston staff are encouraging you to be on alert.

Staff with the utility recommend that you be cautious about unsolicited calls, emails or mailings, especially if they are offering a deal that sounds too good to be true.

"Utility customers are targets for scams at the door, over the phone and through the Internet. When in doubt, don't be afraid to shut the door, hang up the phone, delete the email or close your Internet connection. You can always call us to confirm the truth of any sales pitch," cautions president and CEO of Utilities Kingston, Jim Keech.

They also remind you that legitimate Utilities Kingston staff always carry identification, so ask for it, if someone comes to your door claiming to be from the organization, and that the utility does not collect payments over the phone.

Other tips include:

-Products and services that can no longer be offered or sold at your home (unless you initiate the transaction) include furnaces, air conditioners, air cleaners, air purifiers, water heaters, water treatment devices, water  purifiers, water filters, water softeners, duct cleaning services, or any good or service that performs or combines one or more of these functions.

-If you sign a contract, for a restricted product and service, as a result of door-to-door marketing or due to misleading marketing materials left at your home, the contract will be considered void and you can keep the goods or services without obligation.