A survey suggests that over a third of households have been targeted by “green” scams in the past year.
Citizen Advice found that more than two-thirds of adults are thinking about making their home more energy efficient in the next 12 months, but 36 percent are already targeted by a related scam.
The survey shows that more than a quarter of people knew they had been targeted before losing any money, but an estimated 5.2 million people fell into a scam this year.
Wendy Martin, director of National Trading Standards, said: “Criminals are taking advantage of genuine efforts by people to make their homes more environmentally friendly.
“Residents are pressured at their doors and flooded with phone calls, emails and SMS messages, often containing false claims about government plans and regulations regarding boilers, insulation and double glazing.
To help fight back and protect ourselves and others, we can report scams. But it also needs to be made as easy as possible to find a trustworthy trader.
“As we all try to do our part to help tackle climate change, it is important that we do so safely without criminals. We urge people to report anything suspicious. And to protect yourself and your family from fraud, participate in the free Friends Against Scams awareness training at Friends Against Scams.org.uk.”
Dame Claire Moriarty, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said: “With more than two-thirds of us looking to make our homes more energy efficient, it’s important that we know how to stay safe when going green. Is.
“To help fight backlash and protect ourselves and others, we may report scams. But it also needs to be made as easy as possible to find a trustworthy trader. ,
John Herriman, CEO of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, said: “It is essential that consumers contact organizations such as Citizens Advice for guidance in order to feel confident and informed when choosing a green product or service.
“It is his belief that drives economic recovery and helps the country achieve its net zero goals in the green sector.
“Reporting concerns to Citizens Advice enables trade standards to give consumers a more complete picture of risks and to take appropriate investigation or enforcement action.”
Sawant surveyed 2,112 adults in the UK between 17-20 September.