“Several companies are engaging in these very aggressive tactics against consumers and small businesses, many of the people and the businesses are getting ripped off,” said City Councilman John Liu. “There needs to be stronger regulation.” — BEN POPKEN
The NY Post ran a good article looking into whether the savings promised by door-to-door energy resale reps like IDT Energy ever really materialize for subscribers:
“I’ve had complaints from residents, as well as small businesses, who have unwittingly switched to a different energy provider and seen their bills go through the roof,” said City Councilman John Liu (D-Queens).
One Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, IDT customer – a bartender who gave her name as Carmel – said her electric bill jumped from $40 to $70, and she is anxious to cancel.
Last week we reported on US Energy doing a little hit and run salesmanship of their natural gas delivery service.
We may have an answer to what the strange man was doing in Philip’s wife’s office trying to pressure her into signing up for natural gas.
Philip’s story reminds us of We’re reminded of The Spanish Prisoner where the the rube thinks he’s signing an exclusive membership agreement. It turns out he’s really putting his name to an extradition request to Venezuela which later gets used against him in a Machiavellian conman apparatchik.