Utility receiving calls about suspicious activity in Belleville and
AJAX, ON, July 11, 2013 /CNW/ - For a second time in as many months,
Veridian Connections is cautioning its customers to be aware of
individuals claiming to be representatives of the electric utility and
requesting to see their electricity bill.
Customers of the utility in Belleville and Bowmanville have reported
that individuals claiming to be representatives from Veridian and the
"Ontario Energy Conservation Board" visited their residences over the
past few days, asking for a copy of their electricity bill and telling
homeowners they can lower their bill. Veridian does not have staff
carrying out this type of door-to-door canvassing, and none of these
reported visits were in any way associated with Veridian.
Veridian would like to remind customers that it's important to know who
they're dealing with if a salesperson knocks on their door, and to keep
in mind these three things if they're approached to sign an energy
Always make sure to get a business card and look at the salesperson's ID
Don't share personal information (i.e. electricity bill) unless you are
sure you want to sign a contract.
Carefully read the contract, disclosure statement and price comparison
provided by the salesperson.
The reports recently received from Veridian customers are similar to
others received in late June. At that time, customers in Clarington,
Gravenhurst and Pickering reported that individuals claiming to be
Veridian representatives were requesting access to their smart meter to
conduct a "hydro check" or "smart meter check".
The Ontario Energy Board regulates the electricity and natural gas
sectors in Ontario. To help you understand your energy choices, visit OntarioEnergyBoard.ca or call 1-877-632-2727.
Veridian Connections Inc. safely and reliably delivers electricity to
more than 116,000 customers in the Cities of Pickering and Belleville,
the Towns of Ajax, Port Hope and Gravenhurst, and the communities of
Uxbridge, Bowmanville, Newcastle, Orono, Port Perry, Beaverton,
Sunderland and Cannington. Veridian Connections Inc. is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Veridian Corporation. The City of Pickering, the Town of
Ajax, the Municipality of Clarington and the City of Belleville jointly
own Veridian Corporation.
For further information:
Sales & PR Representative - Corporate Communications
Veridian Connections Inc.
905-427-9870, extension 2218