Consumers warned by BBB of door-to-door scam


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LIMA — Officials with the Lima/Allen County Better Business Bureau are urging area residents and consumers to be wary of a door-to-door scam currently taking place.

According to a BBB press release, persons purporting to be employees of Direct Energy are going door-to-door in American Township and Elida. Those individuals reportedly are demanding to see the electric bills of residents and claiming that signing with the company will result in substantial savings on their bill.

“Some consumers have reported the Direct Energy employees state they have a warrant to come into your home and see your electric bill. Direct Energy does not have a warrant to come into your home or see your electric bill,” the BBB press release states.

Homeowners are urged to not let anyone into their home and to not provide their electric bills to anyone and are advised to ask Direct Energy employees to leave.

Residents who have been threatened are asked to contact local law enforcement.

Direct Energy, a retail provider of electricity, natural gas and home and business energy-related services, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Centrica plc with North American headquarters in Houston, Texas.

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