Ontario Green Savings has launched a new awareness program to prevent consumers from falling for scams done by illegitimate companies. We have done so by spreading awareness about these issues and formed an organization called Canadian Home Owners Protection Association to bring all utility companies together for the purpose of protecting consumers. We continue to remove any scams in Ontario and we work hard to save our elderly from being taken advantage of.
These scams tend to use aggressive and intimidating tactics. You’ll receive a call from a scammer claiming to be a representative of your local utility company or energy provider. They will insist you’re behind on your electricity bill payments and your account is delinquent. They often threaten to shut off your electricity or natural gas immediately, usually within the hour or that same day if you don’t pay up.
If you miss the call, you may receive a message stating that you owe a large but specific amount of money, usually hundreds of dollars. The imposter will leave a callback number for their “direct line,” and a threat to disconnect your energy service that day. Ontario Green Savings reps will always conduct in home assessment to put consumers at ease.
At this point, you might be panicking, and that’s what these fraudsters are counting on. You don’t think clearly when you’re frightened or alarmed, so you could forget that you’ve paid the last few bills on time, or that you have automatic payments set up.
Warning 1: Threats to cut your power immediately without payment
Warning 2: Fuzzy details about identification of the company and the representative
Warning 3: Requests for money transfers or prepaid debit cards