I recently bought a house which required getting oil service started for it. The oil company I called (which had already been servicing the house previously) insisted on inspecting the oil tank first. The man who came told me that the tank was unsound and had to be replaced and refused to deliver oil to me unless I replaced the tank. Replacing that type of tank would cost about $2500.
I had already had a specialist inspect the heating system when I bought the house, so I knew what he was telling me was false and designed to trick a naive homeowner into unnecessarily buying a new oil tank.
Is something like this just a shady business practice or does it cross the line into criminal fraud?