Be wary of scammers claiming to give power bill rebates

THE Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW (EWON) is warning all consumers to be wary of any approach by unknown persons claiming to be from the "energy section of the Ombudsman's office".

"These individuals are not authorised representatives of the Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW or of any other Ombudsman," said Clare Petre, Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW.

"EWON does not engage in door-knocking and we urge consumers not to provide any personal information to these scammers."

EWON has been alerted to reports of consumers being door-knocked in Moree by someone who says they represent the Ombudsman's office.

In one case, the imposter claimed that the customer was owed a large sum of money and requested her bank account details so payment could be made to her.

The customer contacted the local power distribution company, Essential Energy, which appropriately told the customer that this was false information and advised her to contact the police immediately.

Scams can also be reported to NSW Fair Trading on 13 32 20.

Call EWON on freecall 1800 246 545 or visit www.ewon.com.au.



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