Learn how to safeguard yourself from energy scams in the UK. Watch out for fake Ofgem representatives, pre-payment offers, solar panel scammers, and meter tampering. Stay informed and protect your home and finances.
With colder weather and rising energy costs, scammers are taking advantage of our financial fears. Don’t worry; we’ve got your back! In this post, we’ll guide you on how to protect yourself from four common energy scams in the UK.
Scammers often pretend to be from Ofgem, the energy regulator, and promise free boilers or energy upgrades. They may contact you through calls, emails, texts, or even show up at your doorstep, asking for your bank details. Don’t share personal information without verification. Take five minutes to confirm their identity using trusted contact details. A legitimate representative won’t mind your caution.
Exercise caution when someone offers discounted energy credits for your prepayment meter. Criminals have been known to clone prepayment meter keys with credit and sell them door-to-door at lower prices. Avoid buying from doorstep salespeople, and don’t let strangers into your home unless you were expecting them.
If you have solar panels, you might receive unsolicited offers for maintenance or repairs. Some companies could be disreputable or downright fraudulent. Ask how they obtained your contact details and whether they have your consent. Don’t rush into a contract; take your time to get multiple quotes, do your research, and read reviews before making a decision.
Be cautious of claims that tampering with your energy meter can save you money. This is not only illegal but also incredibly dangerous. If you suspect meter tampering, report it anonymously to Stay Energy Safe at 0800 023 2777. In case of a gas leak, ensure your safety by following specific steps.
Stay safe and informed, and share your experiences with us to help protect others from these scams. Your input can make a big difference in raising awareness and preventing energy scams.