Solar Panel Scams

Essex Police’s Fraud Alert System Newsletter no.32

Essex has recently seen an increase in residents falling victim to rogue traders
mis-selling solar panels.

Criminals target the vulnerable and those who already have solar panels to offer
unnecessary maintenance contracts, extended warranties or battery replacements—all at
a high price. One ’customer’ in Rayleigh received forged paperwork, whereas most
receive none. Following the payment, no service is provided.

Residents have been contacted via the phone or by cold callers knocking at the door.
Contact out of the blue should always be treated as suspicious—don’t be rushed to make
a decision there and then.

Remember to Take Five:
STOP – Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or
information could keep you safe.
CHALLENGE – Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests.
Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
PROTECT – Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and
report it to Action Fraud

This information was provided in Essex Police’s Fraud Alerts System’s Newsletter no. 32