New California Energy Initiative Scam Targets Californian Seniors

Scam artists posing as State of California Energy Commission employees are targeting senior Californians with a scam intended to bilk them out of thousands of dollars in unneeded and overpriced "efficiency upgrades". The telemarketers claim to be from the "California Clean Energy Initiative" and offer to send a "state certified engineer" to a homeowners house for a "free meeting", in which the engineer steers the homeowner to a contractor who installs unnecessary efficiency upgrades at great expense. Often times the scammers claim to be working for the State of California Energy Commission, although they will often say they're not with the state, but part of an "initiative" if pressed.

The California Energy Commission says on its official site they "never have, and never will, make unsolicited calls to consumers for any reasons". Consumers can avoid some of these calls by registering their phones with the Federal Do Not Call list, although many of these unscrupulous telemarketers violate the law in ignoring this list anyways. It's important to speak with older family members about the importance of recognizing common telemarketing scams.

Here are a few red flags to help you spot telemarketing scams. If you hear a line that sounds like this, say "no, thank you," hang up, and file a complaint with the FTC:

· You've been specially selected (for this offer).

· You'll get a free bonus if you buy our product.

· You've won one of five valuable prizes.

· You've won big money in a foreign lottery.

· This investment is low risk and provides a higher return than you can get anywhere else.

· You have to make up your mind right away.

· You trust me, right?

· You don't need to check our company with anyone.

· We'll just put the shipping and handling charges on your credit card.

Most, if not all, of these scam telemarketers violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by relying on autodialers, prerecorded messages, and spoofed (faked) phone numbers. You have rights guaranteed to you by the TCPA, and if you believe your rights have been violated, call us toll free at 866-855-6173 or fill out our online contact form for a free consultation.