Beware of Common Electricity Scams
Unfortunately no one is safe from scams. These days fraudsters are hitting every area of our lives, from banking to real estate and even utilities. The team at Electricity Express wants to help you avoid losing money to bad business practices. How can you protect yourself from utility scammers?
- Check your rates carefully. An article in Forbes http://www.forbes.com/sites/josephsteinberg/2014/03/09/check-your-utility-bill-for-fraud-from-this-new-scam/ cautions against taking your electric bills at face value. Some utility companies have sudden rate increases that violate terms advertised on their websites. Others may not have the right to increase rates at all. Before paying your bill, be sure the rate is correct.
The good news? With Electricity Express, you receive daily usage notifications via text or email. You don’t need to wait until the end of the month to know how much power you are currently using. To get your rate, divide how much money you spent by the number of kilowatts used.
As a bonus, Electricity Express has not changed its rates for the summer, unlike other power companies.
- Be very cautious about “agents” who ask you for money. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns that con artists pretending to be agents are calling or showing up on residents’ doorsteps http://www.bbb.org/blog/2014/01/scammers-posing-as-electric-and-gas-company-representatives-threaten-to-leave-consumers-in-the-cold-unless-they-pay-up/. They are threatening to turn off a home’s power unless the owner pays for a late bill or a new meter. The BBB recommends that you don’t speak to these people and instead call the Customer Service number on your electric bill. You will then know you are speaking to an authorized representative of the company.
Electricity Express clients prepay their electricity, which cuts down on the risk of scammers and these scare tactics.
- Incredible rates may not last long. States such as Hawaii have seen people sign up for new accounts with great rates that suddenly skyrocket after the introductory period http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-02-2013/beware-utility-company-scams.html. Before signing up, be sure to read the fine print and get everything in writing.
Electricity Express is a company built upon honesty and fairness. There are no surprises with us, and you can believe what you see on your bills.