Last week our blog post was on what we know about the green homes grant scheme. This week we’re staying on the subject due to the rise in scams related to the upcoming grant scheme.

Cold calls, emails and texts offering access to the new energy efficiency scheme already are been placed by unscrupulous companies, these are a scam as the new scheme hasn’t even launched yet!

Which? have included some great advice on how to spot a scam in their article on green home grants, the key points of this are included below:

  • Were you contacted out of the blue by the company?
  • Is the deal too good to be true?
  • Are you being asked for personal details?
  • Are you under pressure to respond quickly?
  • Are the contact details vague?
  • Can you spot spelling or grammatical mistakes?
  • Are you asked to keep it quiet?

This isn’t the first time scammers have targeted energy efficiency schemes. Simlar happened a few years ago with the Green Deal scheme, which was also incentivising homeowners to make energy efficient home improvements.

Although only a few areas are known to have been targeted by scammers so far, its certainly good to be aware this is happening as we suspect activity will only increase over the coming weeks.

So as always if something sounds too good to be true then it probably is. As we explained in our blog last week companies currently know very little about the Green Homes Grant Scheme and can not sign up to be an accredited partner yet.

We will publish updates on our blog once we know more about the Green Homes Grant Scheme.

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