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electicty scammers

Postby Cherie » 10 Aug 2018, 21:39

can anyone tell me if this is a scam- I received call about 8 clock tonight with from 2 men- one telling me electricity prices are going up 25% in SA and they were offering me a rebate to cover the price hike- and then he said after he had delivered his spiel- now I'll transfer you to my manager who was stitting beside him cos he literally just passed the phone to him- no waiting on the line to be transferred or anything like that and the time of night as well - how weird- then when the "manager " got on he made the mistake of saying I was an Alinta energy customer and then I said "wait up hold the train here-something is up- I am not an alinta energy customer" and then I hung up and called my provider who ( of course) was closed that time of night- anyone else been called by these shifty ppl- ?
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Re: electicty scammers

Postby Cherie » 10 Aug 2018, 21:45

and earlier today I had a guy ring me and say-" I am ringing up about your computer" what the actual eff is going on today- ??
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Re: electicty scammers

Postby HBS Guy » 10 Aug 2018, 22:14

The computer thing is a definite scam.

Dunno about the elektrickery but it sure smells like one.
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Re: electicty scammers

Postby Cherie » 10 Aug 2018, 22:44

HBS Guy wrote:The computer thing is a definite scam.

Dunno about the elektrickery but it sure smells like one.

Yeah so says my friends on Facebook- and my daughter
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Re: electicty scammers

Postby pinkeye » 10 Aug 2018, 22:56

those 2 calls happened in the same day.?

Definitely a scam. They're trying to hack you. Ignore it.

Something similar is happening here... but they claim there Is/was a car /? accident and there could be entitlement to some compensation.


Now, I don' t intend in any way to be racist here, but most of these scammers, and I have had multiple calls from shady types, nearly all sound like people from India. And they target older people. Some of the callers are older women, some young men...

Checkout Scamwatch.com.au or whatever it's called.

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Re: electicty scammers

Postby Cherie » 10 Aug 2018, 23:07

thank you Pink- these 2 didnt sound Idian- but they were young men I could tell- they had young sounding voices at least lol- just letting ppl know to beware
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Re: electicty scammers

Postby pinkeye » 11 Aug 2018, 01:22

I had a mob that used to call, and when I picked up, they'd hang up. They'd been ringing me for well over 18 months off and on, trying computer prob/insurance scams.

BUT there was a phone number , when I checked, and one day I got fed up.

So I left it for a few hours, and then hit redial.

And guess what? a young man answered, with an accent OK sounded Indian to me, and I said to him...……………. ( I might just add.. I have a good ear)

….. you get the idea..
but briefly..... I didn't swear... I told him to STOP calling me .. and then hanging up,... that's all you've done recently. Don't EVER call my number again.! etc.

So far, no more calls. Of course, I might just be on a backburner. :roll

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Re: electicty scammers

Postby hatty » 11 Aug 2018, 09:44

We buy our electricity monthly from powershop.

https://www.powershop.com.au/

Go through GetUp! and it's even cheaper..... AGL begged us to stay and asked why we were cutting them off..... My wife said simply for environmental and ethical reasons..... but we have saved a shit tonne so far.

and if anyone calls or comes to the door we can tell them just to fuck right off for the aforementioned reasons.
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Re: electicty scammers

Postby Cherie » 11 Aug 2018, 13:18

hatty wrote:We buy our electricity monthly from powershop.

https://www.powershop.com.au/

Go through GetUp! and it's even cheaper..... AGL begged us to stay and asked why we were cutting them off..... My wife said simply for environmental and ethical reasons..... but we have saved a shit tonne so far.

and if anyone calls or comes to the door we can tell them just to fuck right off for the aforementioned reasons.

thanks hatty I will give this definite consideration- I used to be with AGL and left because they were so pricey--
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Re: electicty scammers

Postby HBS Guy » 11 Aug 2018, 13:19

I have that up in a tab and will contact them Monday or Tuesday.

AGL are giving me the shits!
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Re: electicty scammers

Postby Cherie » 11 Aug 2018, 13:23

pinkeye wrote:I had a mob that used to call, and when I picked up, they'd hang up. They'd been ringing me for well over 18 months off and on, trying computer prob/insurance scams.

BUT there was a phone number , when I checked, and one day I got fed up.

So I left it for a few hours, and then hit redial.

And guess what? a young man answered, with an accent OK sounded Indian to me, and I said to him...……………. ( I might just add.. I have a good ear)

….. you get the idea..
but briefly..... I didn't swear... I told him to STOP calling me .. and then hanging up,... that's all you've done recently. Don't EVER call my number again.! etc.

So far, no more calls. Of course, I might just be on a backburner. :roll

Don't accept anything you hear, from ANYBODY UNSOLICITORED, who calls you.

2 scam calls in one day- I am going to call Alinta back and ask after the guy who called me and see how that goes- I never answer a number I dont know but last night forgot my own rule and jutst picked it up- sounds like you scared that guy- GOOD
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Re: electicty scammers

Postby hatty » 11 Aug 2018, 16:17

I'm still waiting for my thousand bucks that was promised to me when they axed that carbon tax.

and yet.... it seems like i'm paying more now anyways... a lot fucking more!

so...... no thousand bucks, and the climate is going to shit

not that i voted for it but it seems many did.
BTW

wind farms are an eyesore

/sarcasm :sad
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Postby pinkeye » 11 Aug 2018, 23:54

we ought to take a page from the book the UK uses, and put them OFF_SHORE. Not like we don't understand distances. :roll
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Re: electicty scammers

Postby Cherie » 12 Aug 2018, 23:32

pinkeye wrote:we ought to take a page from the book the UK uses, and put them OFF_SHORE. Not like we don't understand distances. :roll

I actually got another call from the same number last night- I didnt answer- but tomorrow will call their company and see what the deal is
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Re: electicty scammers

Postby fisherman » 19 Oct 2018, 01:47

No, not a scam. Just your regular Indian tech support:

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Re: electicty scammers

Postby Texan » 22 Oct 2018, 05:01

I plan to build a house in a couple of years. Whether on or off grid, I will have solar and I can ignore all callers for electricity.
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Re: electicty scammers

Postby HBS Guy » 22 Oct 2018, 06:24

Add a windmill, only a few hundred bucks and will charge your battery/power your home overnight.
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Postby Texan » 22 Oct 2018, 08:41

HBS Guy wrote:Add a windmill, only a few hundred bucks and will charge your battery/power your home overnight.

I will if I build off grid, to minimize the need for battery storage. Otherwise, pv is more efficient and easier to maintain. My part of Texas doesn’t get very good wind in most locations.
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Postby HBS Guy » 22 Oct 2018, 13:24

My part of Tasmania does, fairly constant winds from the NW.
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Re: electicty scammers

Postby ahmed11 » 22 Oct 2018, 20:04

That was helpful
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Postby fisherman » 22 Oct 2018, 23:38

Texan wrote:I plan to build a house in a couple of years. Whether on or off grid, I will have solar and I can ignore all callers for electricity.

Water? From a draw well, lake?
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Re: electicty scammers

Postby Texan » 23 Oct 2018, 07:59

fisherman wrote:
Texan wrote:I plan to build a house in a couple of years. Whether on or off grid, I will have solar and I can ignore all callers for electricity.

Water? From a draw well, lake?

Pumped from a well with excess electricity and ran through a whole house filter system. I will also get rid of waste water with a septic system. I can buy a 4kw system with panels and line tied inverter for about $3500. It will pay for itself in about 2 1\2 years. Fortunately, I have the skills to install it myself. I work in a related electrical field. I can even get free used batteries if I build an off grid system. I just need to buy the land with the proper Sun exposure water drainage, and lack of beauracracy.(excessive building codes and expensive oversight). I want to build a home that is different from the cookie cutter construction.

I want to have a metal building erected, spray polyethylene insulation inside the walls and ceiling, frame inside walls, install all electrical wiring, security alarm, security camera, sattelite TV, any home automation wiring, air conditioning and plumbing. And then panel or Sheetrock the walls and paint and decorate the house to taste. Electricity will be generated by PV on the roof of my shop and piped into the house as regular AC electricity. Excess electricity will be used to pump water to a holding tank for pressure and excess water along with gray water, will automatically be diverted to my garden.

I have good friends who are carpenters, plumbers, electricians, security camera installers, air conditioning techs, etc....to help steer me in the right direction for advice, or maybe even buy adjacent land to have a shared effort. I'm waiting on my youngest to finish high school, so we can move without unsettling him. 2 years. My current mission is getting out of debt so it can happen. The vehicles will be paid off and my current home will be almost paid off. I may have to live in an RV during construction. (Test my marriage)
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Re: electicty scammers

Postby HBS Guy » 23 Oct 2018, 09:10

I plan similar but strawbale. Solar PV + windmill. Use optimisers and can use mix of panels, grey water run straight onto the garden in summer. Fruit trees, veges & herbs. Want a conservatory with access from kitchen and lounge.
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Re: electicty scammers

Postby Texan » 23 Oct 2018, 10:11

HBS Guy wrote:I plan similar but strawbale. Solar PV + windmill. Use optimisers and can use mix of panels, grey water run straight onto the garden in summer. Fruit trees, veges & herbs. Want a conservatory with access from kitchen and lounge.


Strawbale is solid, simple, and surprisingly fire retardant. I'm also looking for as maintenance free as possible. A metal building will not even need painting for 50 years. My grandkids will have to worry about that. I will only have to keep up the interior and utilities.

I'm not familiar with the term optimizers. Is that an Aussie term for "charge controller"? That is important if you have an off grid system with batteries. An off grid system will also need a back up generator for low production days. (winter, clouds) Of course, energy usage is always the key. LED lighting, super high SEER rating air conditioning. Unfortunately, air conditioning is a necessity where I live, at least for my wife. She gets migraines if she stays too hot for too long. We see nearly 40C at least 20-30 days/year.
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Postby HBS Guy » 23 Oct 2018, 12:14

Not 100% sure what optimisers are but they allow mixing different rated panels.

I buy and have a look at OwnerBuilder magazine, covers alternative building methods. I made a note to check out optimisers when the time came to think seriously about panels but that is all I did about it, mainly concerned with getting fruit trees planted at this stage.
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