Who is calling me? – Part 2
Last year we wrote a news post entitled “Energy Brokers Cold Calling” in which we highlighted the dangers of “rogue” brokers and their deceptive practices. We have heard from our customers that these calls are once again on the rise, with the latest ploy being the “kVa Capacity Check”.
Several companies are cold calling and spamming businesses offering a free “kVa capacity check”. There have been numerous complaints from our customers of these operations just this month! They are fishing for business electricity details by bombarding companies with information and false promises. They are contacting sites whether it is relevant to them or not, trying to bamboozle them with jargon and scare tactics. These rogue brokers are trying to persuade you to divulge your supply details so they can try and sell or lock you into supply contracts. Please be very careful! They have more to gain than you do, hence the their cold approach to your business! If they are bothering you, simply tell them to stop calling/e-mailing you and do NOT divulge your supply details. Direct Power reviews kVa for all half hourly electricity customers as part of our standard service. We do not charge extra for this.
Just a reminder from our previous news post, here are a few of the different “rogue” broker scenarios we have come across:
- Broker pretending to be the supplier.
- Broker pretending to be the their existing broker calling to renew contract.
- High pressure sales tactics attempting to verbally agree a contract.
- Doctoring a recorded phone call in order to pass it off as a verbally agreed contract.
- Attempting to extract sensitive company information and current contract details.
We have had several business customers duped by these tactics, and they ended up on very expensive contracts that were nearly impossible to get out of, so please beware! We recommend all business owners sign up with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) to stop cold calls to their businesses.
If you find yourself at the receiving end of one of these phone calls and feel that some of these illegal tactics are being used, please report them to the Utilities Intermediaries Association or directly CONTACT US at Direct Power to see if there is anything we can do to help out.