Householders in Leicestershire are being urged to be on the alert after increasing reports of scams in the area relating to the government’s Green Deal energy efficiency retrofit initiative. The county council’s trading standards service says victims have been called by people offering to carry out a free survey, on the promise of saving them money on energy bills.
In a number of cases consumers have paid £300 for a survey, which was initially going to be free. In some cases, no survey was carried out at all.
Joe Orson, Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet lead for trading standards said: “It’s illegal to offer goods or services as being free when they are not”.
This is not the first time that fraudsters have tried to take advantage of the Green Deal. More than a year ago Caerphilly Trading Standards warned of scams in their area. Green Deal assessments must be carried out by approved assessors.