Scams abound in difficult economic times

Readers are cautioned about purchasing "energy-saving" devices

  • Jan. 18, 2012 8:00 a.m.

BC Hydro is warning its customers to be aware of a potential scam this winter season where telemarketers claim to be calling from BC Hydro to sell energy-saving devices called “Hydro Power Savers.” In some instances, telemarketers also incorrectly claim they are in possession of the customer’s power consumption information.

BC Hydro does not endorse “Hydro Power Savers” and has seen similar potential scams in other provinces, including Alberta. In addition, customers’ power consumption information is strictly confidential and is not shared with third parties. As part of the calls, the alleged telemarketers are reportedly claiming that the “Hydro Power Savers” can save customers money on their bills. Customers who have been contacted by telemarketers about “Hydro Power Savers” are encouraged not to enter into any agreement for purchase.

This is one of the Top Ten Scams for 2012, says the Better Business Bureau.

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