Warning against Green Deal conmen

Conmen have been knocking on people’s doors claiming they are linked with the Green Deal energy efficiency scheme to try and prise money from unwary homeowners. Doorstep fraudsters in parts […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Conmen have been knocking on people’s doors claiming they are linked with the Green Deal energy efficiency scheme to try and prise money from unwary homeowners.

Doorstep fraudsters in parts of Wales have been asking for an “administration fee” to undertake various tasks on behalf of the householder and claiming that the improvements will be free.

The Government’s Green Deal lets homes and businesses pay for energy efficiency improvements, like insulation or a new heating system, through savings on their energy bills.

The group Action Fraud said it issued the warning after Caerphilly Trading Standards had been made aware of the misdemeanours. Local press reports suggest this is not the first time such a warning has been issued.

Action Fraud is advising consumers to look out for the Green Deal Approved quality mark as only government contracted assessors, providers and installers are authorised to operate under the Green Deal.