AN ELDERLY woman has been scammed into pay £99 for a dangerous device, according to Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service.
The woman received a phone call from someone falsely claiming to represent her energy supplier.
The caller offered to send her a device that they claimed would save her money. The call came from outside the UK.
An ‘electricity saving box’ then arrived in the post and after another phone call the woman was scammed in to paying £99 for the device.
A complaint was made to trading standards which is now investigating.
Trading standards is warning everyone in the Rugby borough that these devises have been tested and found to be dangerous and will not save money.
The devices come in boxes with instructions in broken English, including advice not to ‘be too rude’ when plugging them in. It is believed they are made in China and a safety recall has now been issued.
For advice on genuine energy saving opportunities visit the Energy Saving Trust via the website energysavingtrust.org.uk.
For more information on scams visit warwickshire.gov.uk/scams.