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Watch out for “Green Energy” scam calls

19th February 2014

Be on the lookout for cold calls from scammers claiming to be from a legitimate energy company trying to sell you “Green Energy”.

Trading Standards have said that one resident recently received telephone call, whereby the caller claimed to be from the "Scottish & Southern Energy” company.

The caller was attempting to sell “Green Energy” to the resident which would also entitle them to “a £1000 cheque as cashback”.

The caller was using a with-held telephone number and the resident reported that the line was very bad, with the caller possibly using a mobile telephone. The caller ended the call stating that they would call back at a later date.

Although Scottish & Southern Energy is a legitimate company - fraudsters often use the names of real firms to add authenticity to their claims.

The victim contacted the energy company to verify the call and they confirmed there was no such offer available and nor would they contact customers by telephone.

Don’t be afraid to hang up

  • You should never provide your personal or bank account details to anybody over the telephone.
  • Do not be fooled into thinking they may already have the details and are just looking to confirm them. 
  • Never be intimidated into making a quick decision, for example, because the offer is available for a limited period only.
  • If you are ever unsure as to whether the call is genuine, do not be afraid to end the call by hanging up. 

For further information please visit the Bedfordshire Trading Standards website.

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To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.

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