Make Sure You Are Switched On

IF you have moved business premises recently, beware of receiving an electric shock. There are reports of firms being targeted by energy brokers and tricked into switching to a new electric supplier without their knowledge.

The companies later discover they have been tied into a binding contract because they have been taken in by brokers – from a range of organisations – claiming to be official meter readers. The business owners have been told, or it is implied, that as they are new to the premises the firm’s meter is not registered, and as such, they are paying a very high rate for their energy as they are not in a contract.

The brokers then obtain the company’s details and say they are authorised to find the best deal. And they claim not to be selling, just passing on information, before switching the business to a new supplier after practicing the most dubious of sales tactics.

The important thing is to remember there is no such thing as an official meter registration body. So if you get a telephone call from someone saying they are involved in such an organisation, don’t be taken in by them.


  • Mary-hull

    Thanks for the tip. It's worth knowing about these sorts of things. have a frrend who has recently moved into a new unit so will let her know.

  • maria

    There's always something that you hear about that is useful to know in business. It's often to help the consumer and this actually is a great example. To think there are people out there exploiting others in this way. It's appalling. Thanks for flagging it up.

  • paul

    It just shows the sort of people that are out there when they are all scrabbling for others business. It's a shame but worth knowing about these little scams.

  • george

    I've often wondered about how these companies attract new business in such a competitive market and now I know. They cheat. Simple really isn't it! And they cheats never prosper.

  • mark

    I've been burned in such a way. Not in the business sense but actually moving house and the same thing happened in principle. The thing you have to remember is there are many people out there trying to make a fast buck and you have to be careful. I won't do that again. You live and learn.

  • Dan1

    Do these things really happen? I'm sceptical. There are stories of things like this happening but they are few and far between. Be diligent of course. Don't think everyone is out to get you though.

  • Jake

    This article might be like switching on a light for some people. The companies are very underhand and this can show you what it means to them to get your signature. Best to be aware.

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