Examples of electricity scams include fraudulent calls seeking personal and financial information, offers of free energy and sales of electricity-saving devices, according to Adams Electric Cooperative. Customers receiving calls asking for credit card or Social Security numbers should call their utility companies to verify such requests before revealing information.
It is impossible to obtain free energy from devices that do not have an energy source, because such devices defy laws of physics, explains Adams Electric Cooperative. Items marketed as amp reduction units to reduce energy consumption are not effective. Such devices may cause damage or create safety hazards if consumers attach them to their electrical systems. Consumers can add their numbers to national and state do-not-call lists to block calls from telemarketers with potential scams.