Monday, 29 November 2010

Beware Electricity meter Scam

Luton has been revealed as one of the UK's hotspots for a scam in which
criminals offer cut-price energy to those with pre-payment meters.

A new report using data from leading energy suppliers, including British Gas
and EDF Energy, says 1,500 households in Luton have fallen victim to a scam
where they have bought pre-payment energy that doesn't exist.

Energy UK says the con is being carried out by organised criminal gangs, and
are urging customers only to buy their electricity meter top-ups from the
Post Office or official PayPoint or Payzone retailers.

A spokesman for Energy UK said: "The scam is of particular concern because
to obtain the fake top-ups people must let the criminals into their homes to
access their electricity meters.

"Reports of threatening behaviour from the perpetrators of the fraud have
been received by some energy
companies who are urging people to steer clear of those involved. Police
have also made arrests in connection with this activity."

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