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Trading Standards scam alert over ' Green House Grant' scheme

Worcester Editorial 7th May, 2021

TRADING Standards in Worcestershire are warning residents to be wary of scams targeting homeowners about the Green Homes Grant scheme, which closed on March 31, 2021.

Official-looking letters have been circulated to residents across the county, claiming entitlement to a new ECO Energy Grant.

Officers say this is direct marketing from a company and has not been sent by the Government despite their official look.

Simon Wilkes, head of regulatory services, said: “Residents should remain cautious if they receive any unsolicited letters, phone calls, texts, emails or doorstep calls from any traders assuring them that they or their property will be eligible for the scheme at present.

“Our advice is simply not to buy or commit to anything based on a cold call. We would also urge residents with elderly or vulnerable family or neighbours to make them aware of the dangers too.”

Act on Energy has been working with the County Council through their Warmer Worcestershire project.

Their free advice line is available on 0800 988 2881 for more information, including where you can find out about making your home more energy-efficient, along with details of the ECO schemes in the area and your eligibility.

Government endorsed advice can also be found on the Simple Energy Advice website Simple Energy Advice or by phoning the freephone helpline 0800 444202.

More advice and information on scams and how to report them can also be found on the Citizen’s Advice Service website

To report or get advice about fraud call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use the online fraud reporting tool on their website Action Fraud.

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