Scammers are using the increase in the energy price cap to try and take advantage of consumers, Shropshire Council’s trading standards team has warned.

Latest update from Shropshire Council Newsroom:

Scammers are using the increase in the energy price cap to try and take advantage of consumers, Shropshire Council’s trading standards team has warned.

The team is raising awareness of energy-related scams amid a rise in the number in recent weeks.

Examples of the type of scams to look out for include the council tax energy rebate, Ofgem energy and E.ON energy.

Ed Potter, Shropshire Council’s cabinet member for economic growth, regeneration and planning, said:

“It is important to remain vigilant to reduce the chances of falling victim to scammers.  Sadly, even the savviest consumer is at risk of being scammed at some point in their lives.

“Scammers are clever, sophisticated and can sound extremely convincing, even pretending to be from the council to lull you into a false sense of security, but be aware of uninvited contact through unsolicited emails, phone calls and doorstep cold callers.

“It is really important that you don’t reveal personal information such as banking details and if you are in any doubt, always seek advice and report suspected scams as soon as possible”.

“Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, then it usually is.”

Some of the scams the council are currently aware of include:

  • Council tax energy rebate scam
  • Ofgem energy scam
  • E.ON energy scam

For more details take a look at the full article by Shropshire Council.

If you think you’ve been a victim of a scam or know someone else who has, you can contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 0800 144 8848 for advice; there is further information on their website on how and to whom scams should be reported.

Friends against Scams is a National Trading Standards scams team initiative which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams. Information on this initiative can be found here.

Help is also available from:

For help and advice during these difficult times Shropshire Council recommends residents contact our free, impartial advice service, Keep Shropshire Warm (KSW) on 0800 112 3743, or email [email protected].

Quoted from Shropshire Council’s online newsroom. Original article can be found here: Energy-related scams on the increase – Shropshire Council Newsroom

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