Bogus 'energy saving plugs' more likely to set fire to you, says Trading Standards
Old people are, once more, being shown to look really bloody stupid, as they're getting hoodwinked by people flogging dodgy "energy saving devices" that could well end in fire or electrocution.
The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) are currently dealing with more than 200 complaints about rogue traders who are claiming to be the victim's energy supplier, or working partner. A plug-in device costing £99 is being offered, under the claim that it can save you 40% on energy bills.
Alas, trading standards has done some tests on these devices and discovered that they not only fail to satisfy electrical safety standards, but they don't save you any energy.
Ron Gainsford, TSI chief executive, said: "Consumers are warned not to use the product as they pose a risk of fire and electrocution, and a safety recall has been issued for the items traced so far. Unscrupulous criminals are using the rising energy prices as an opportunity to lure cash strapped consumers – elderly people seem to have been deliberately targeted. The number of complaints we are currently dealing with is bound to be only the tip of the iceberg."
So, if you think you've responded to one of these cold calls, you need to report it to Action Fraud's website or call 0300 123 2040. Failing that, call Consumer Direct on 0845 404 0506. If you're using one, stop or you'll probably set your arse on fire or something.
The plugs involved have the model number SD 001 and are manufactured by MacroPlus, B1208 City Square, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China.