Last year we suspect hundreds of heating oil users were caught out by a scam where a certain heating oil website that claimed to “go locate fuel” – but then took payment and either charged outrageous cancellation fees, priority delivery charges and in many cases didn’t even deliver the fuel despite it being paid for weeks in advance.
Below are a few tips and warnings for those that are looking for a good deal online for their heating oil – who don’t want to get caught out by a heating oil delivery scam
- Does the website use a premium SSL certificate e.g. VeriSign or Thawte
(scammers don’t generally pay £1000 pa for a SSL certificate)
- As yourself – does this heating oil price seem too good to be true.
(Simple I know, but its so frustrating to see people ignore this rule of thumb)
- Do they use SSL encryption when registering and on their payment page
- Do they list their company registration number and vat registration number on their website
- Do a quick search for reviews or complaints about the website – does the feedback look genuine or are they posing as customers when they are infact the operators/creators of the website?
Do they ask for payment via:
No need to enter personal or banking information to be entered online, just Click Link for UKash and find your nearest PayPoint store and pay cash, receive a voucher, then email us the voucher number, simple!, easy!, safe!
2, Bank Transfer or Bank Deposit at any NatWest.
Pay Via BACS. Bank Transfer, or Bank Deposit. You can transfer the payment from any bank account, or just walk in and Deposit the payment at any NatWest Bank.
Pay by MoneyBookeryou can pay by credit/debit card and much more!
If they do, be wary – this is a method often used by scammers!
Have you been subject to a heating oil scam or fraud?
If you need advice about fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 to discuss your situation with one of our specialist fraud advisers.
If you paid by credit or debit card, contact your card issuer immediately to begin the charge back process.