Energy UK warns consumers of fraudulent Green Deal traders

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Energy UK has warned homeowners to watch out for rogue traders using the Green Deal to potentially con them out of thousands of pounds.

The representative of the UK energy industry called for more awareness on such sale scams as part of the Scams Awareness Month and Doorstep Selling Week.

While the Green Deal has been designed to help people fund methods of keeping their home insulated, unscrupulous traders may use the scheme to con unsuspecting victims Energy UK warned.

Energy UK chief executive, Angela Knight, warned: "It's good to be warm but let's all be wary. Many people will be preparing for winter over the summer months and looking for affordable ways to make home improvements.

"The British public must be made aware of scams claiming to offer Green Deal finance deals that will just take your money without delivering the work.

"There is plenty of information available to help people find registered Green Deal companies to carry out energy efficiency improvements to their homes."

As part of its warning the body called for people to check the provider or salesperson independently to make sure it is offering a genuine Green Deal plan and assessment before committing. As a rule, the provider is obliged to provide a written confirmation of its business address and also a landline number.

It also urged people not to pay up front and also not pay in cash, especially if the salesperson offered to go along to the bank together.

Finally, Energy UK urged people not to deal and if the salesperson mentions a limited time only deal, to simply show them the door.

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