"Energy Centre"

Discussion in 'Is this a scam?' started by dub_nerd, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. dub_nerd

    dub_nerd Frequent Poster

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    Like "Firefighters", this is not a scam, just a very misleading cold-calling tactic. Guy at the door with a clipboard immediately announced he wasn't selling anything, just offering a free switcher service and a free energy review of heating, lighting etc. He raced out a spiel about SEAI grants, the tone of which would easily lead you to believe he was from some official body. I cut him off and asked him who he worked for. He said "The Energy Centre, we have 70% of SEAI grants" ... I can't swear those were the exact words, he was babbling it all out at a rate of knots. I asked if the energy centre was a commercial company and he eventually said yes. Told him I wasn't interested and shut the door.
     
  2. gipimann

    gipimann Frequent Poster

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    and 3 months on, they're still doing the same! I had a caller to the door the other night, similar spiel - "I'm not selling anything...". I saw the Energy Centre badge around his neck, and said I didn't need anything from them.
     
  3. dub_nerd

    dub_nerd Frequent Poster

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    Had another one around the other night. Pleasant enough Indian guy... I always have that instinctive fear of appearing racist and want to explain that I dislike all cold callers equally, but I got over myself. It went exactly like this:

    His opening gambit: "Who is your current electricity provider?"
    Me: "Who are you?"
    Him: "We're just doing a survey"
    Me: "I'm not interested in any survey"
    Him (looking crestfallen): "Who is your current electricity provider?..."
    Me (closing door): "Sorry, goodbye".
     
  4. john luc

    john luc Frequent Poster

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    just say I don't do buy at my front door before they speak their spile and then close the door.
     
  5. peemac

    peemac Frequent Poster

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    Classic phone scam by similar companies

    "I'm calling on behalf of your energy supplier"

    They then try to move on very quickly to discuss your rate.

    So I asked "what is the name of the company" and he replies "I'm calling on their behalf "

    And I ask, if you're calling on their behalf, you can tell me who they are.

    "sorry, we can't do that under data protection"

    Call ended.

    Cork number of some high pressure utility sales company.