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Jesse Mellott | Fulcrum Staff

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) has issued a warning to Ottawa residents concerning unauthorized salespeople who have been claiming to represent the institute.

Throughout February there were reports of people who claimed to work for the institute going door-to-door selling CPR training as a community service for Heart Month.

Vincent Lamontagne, senior manager of public affairs for the UOHI, has spoken out about the issue and wants people to understand that the institute staff does not sell CPR training in this manner and that no money should be given to the false representatives.

This is not the first incidence of CPR-training fraud; two years ago, a fake company claimed to provide training through the Ottawa paramedics.

Anyone contacted by people trying to sell CPR training on behalf of the UOHI is asked to call Ottawa police at 613-236-1222, ext. 7300.