BBB warns of home energy audit scams duping people out of money – FOX23 News
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) says scammers are conning people out of money by posing as representatives that say they can save you money on your energy bill.
The BBB says scammers are calling or knocking on doors pretending to be from your utility company or with your local government. The scammer may even show you fake identification.
They try to get you to buy or sign up for equipment or services that will save you money on your energy bill. The BBB says some scammers will even ask to take a tour of your home. But the equipment isn’t real.
The BBB says scammers will ask you to sign a contract and possibly run a credit check. They will also ask for billing information, including your debit or credit card number.
The equipment or services you thought you were getting won’t be delivered, but you may be charged the fees mentioned in the contract, and your personal information will be compromised.
How to avoid energy audit scams:
- The BBB says to avoid these scams, don’t agree to anything on the spot. No matter how good the deal seems or how urgent the individual makes their offer seem, take time to do your research.
- Contact your local government or utility company directly to confirm whether they really are offering energy audit services. This is the quickest way to find out if you are dealing with a scam.
- If you aren’t sure about the situation, ask for help. Call a trusted friend or family member or contact your local BBB to find out if you are dealing with a scam.