Sometimes our readers leave comments that we think are worth of posts. This is one of them. Of course, it has to do with IDT energy scammers. The irony is that the person who was scammed is a former IDT employee. He/she does not identify the neighborhood, which could be anywhere, as they are everywhere:
Here’s a fun fact: I was recently a victim. Best part? The people involved were my ex bosses. A few months ago I got a knock on the door. Some guy representing my old company IDT, their new energy department. Automatically I foolishly trusted the guy. He asked to see my Con Ed bill and said it was too high (which it was, but that’s because I had two ACs cranked all day long… I work from home btw), and then explained that I might qualify for cheaper energy rates. All I had to do was sign my name on some form to get the process started, and that I would be contacted in a few days, to be told if I was indeed a candidate and to formally sign me up.
Weeks passed and no contact, but I didn’t even notice it. Then some other dude showed up, saying the same basic stuff as before. I explained that someone had come previously but never follow-up as promised. He apologized and then assured me that this time he would definitely follow-up. Once again, I was asked to sign something… which I did once more, without bothering to look what it was. Again, no phone call, but I did get an email from Con Ed stating that they received my request to change my energy provider, and how if there was ever an emergency, I could sill call them. I dug out the thing I had signed and looked at it closely for the very first time: it was a contract, which I was completely unaware of. I called Con Ed and explained that I had signed up under false pretenses, and the person couldn’t give me a straight answer for a variety of reasons, but basically indicated that its been happening a lot. I was then told that there was no problems changing back my energy provider, it was my right as a consumer, though there was always a massive fee involved.
I next called IDT, and instead of yelling and screaming like I normally do, I played the cool as a cucumber card, but also sold myself as an ex-IDT employee that wants the company to do well and under the assumption that there was some kind of mistake and that I wasn’t the victim of a stupid scam. The woman I spoke with pretended to be shocked by the events and cancelled my account without a charge… though she asked like 19 times if I was sure I wanted to switch. The Con Ed person explained to me that alternate energy suppliers do sometimes provide energy at a cheaper rate… but on IDT, which was without a doubt the most expensive. So moral of the story? ALWAYS read the fine print…