This is about people who turn up on your doorstep offering cut price electricity for those who have pre-payment meters.
Users of these meters buy keys to top-up their meter and scammers can clone the keys and then resell them. They typically offer the keys at half price so the householder thinks they are getting a good deal. However the scammers often sell the same key to numerous people and each key number can only be used once so the purchasers end up paying for the cloned key then again the full price for the electricity as the Electric companies register that the key has already been used and hence payment is due.
Action Fraud believe that more than 110,000 households have been affected by this crime already.
Customers of all the leading energy companies – including British Gas, EDF Energy, E.ON, Npower, Scottish Power and SSE – have been affected.
Never buy your electricity from someone who knocks at your door. Electricity companies do not sell electricity top-up door-to-door.
Always buy your electricity from official outlets – PayPoint, Payzone and The Post Office.
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Many of us get electric and gas from the same company and get bills online.
Most pay by direct debit but some chose to pay those bills online and it’s those people that this scam is aimed at.
We received two such bills – the first claiming to be from “Gas & Electricity Invoice” but actually from ibloch.sysbet @ gtstelecom.ro
The email layout is very similar to British Gas bills and has lots of text culled from a British Gas (to add authenticity). It says we now owe £436.68 payable immediately by clicking a link which actually goes to a fake website asking for payment.
The second such email (with exactly the same date and time) claims to be from British Gas but is actually from jglee @kuilprec.co.kr and has a very similar layout and similar text copied from British Gas.
This one demands £417.96 payable immediately.
If you do pay gas and electric bills online then check carefully any bills you receive to ensure they are genuine and don’t ever click to make payment. Instead go to the relevant website and find the invoices and payment section or print and pay at your bank.