Electricity Scam Solicitors in London
Updated on Friday 06th December 2019
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Electricity service scams are regrettably on the rise in recent years and that because fraudsters have different ways to foul persons in having energy for their homes at attractive costs. Fake energy companies get in touch with potential victims on the internet, via the email or at home and present varied subscriptions and costs for energy packages. Our electricity scam solicitors in London are here to provide immediate legal advice and support for persons accused of such crimes. Also, victims of electricity scams can talk to one of our criminal defence solicitors in London and find out more about their rights when dealing with this problem.
How does the mechanism work?
The most popular electricity scams involve fake energy companies that have access to a large database of emails where false electricity bills are sent. The fraud mechanism works quite easy and unfortunately makes lots of victims:
- unsolicited emails are sent in a form of utility bills that need to be paid rapidly.
- fake energy companies present attractive offers over the phone or email.
- the scam goes even further, where callers use threats that say the power will be cut if the payment is not made.
- clients are obliged to make money transfers as soon as possible and pay all the bills to skip any power cut.
Unfortunately, numerous persons do not know what type of contract they have and the energy company they work with, so many of them turn into victims of fake energy companies. If you believe you need legal advice and support, feel free to talk to one of our electricity scam solicitors in London. It is important to have the legal support and representation provided by one of our criminal defence lawyers in London.
Identifying a fraudster over the phone – what you need to know
False electricity companies use different methods to obtain easy money, and among these, the one involving the phone calls. It is recommended to pay attention to fraudsters asking for money over the phone, for so-called electricity bills you aren’t aware of, even if they tell you all your personal information. Asking for payments in a threatening way should raise question marks right from the beginning, not to mention that if the callers present themselves from an energy company you never heard of. Also, if you are asked to pay a sum of money in the next few hours for a bill you don’t know, it is advisable to make a verification in the first place. You should also have in mind that an electricity scam solicitor in London can offer immediate legal advice.
Doorstep scams and fake electricity companies
Another scam that you should pay attention to is the one referring to bogus tradesmen or door-to-door sellers who, regrettably make numerous victims. It is important to know right from the start that energy companies in UK do not send representatives to propose new electricity contracts or renew the existing ones. Also, you should ask for identification cards and information if by any chance you deal with an energy company representative. You should not give personal details like bank account, PIN or credit card numbers at the front door to a person that presents himself/herself as a representative of an electricity company.
Who are potential victims of electricity scams?
According to statistics, people over 60 or 65 years of age are most likely to be victims of electricity frauds and that because these persons are most vulnerable to all sorts of scams. This doesn’t mean that adults under the age of 45 cannot be fooled by a false energy company representative, particularly if it is a fact that scammers use persuasive methods to make people send money for things they do not want or ask for.
Electricity scammers have access to basic information like name, address, and phone numbers, but it is sufficient for them to test the field and detect potential victims. We have gathered some facts and statistics about frauds in UK, provided by UK Finance, that you might find it interesting:
- Around GBP 20.6 million represented cheque fraud losses in UK in 2018.
- Approximately 53.000 cases of purchase scams have been reported last year.
- Payment service losses of around GBP 36.2 million have been reported in 2018.
- More than GBP 18.8 million were internet banking losses which were recovered in 2018.
If you need legal advice and support from our electricity scams solicitors in London, feel free to contact us at any time.