How to Avoid Solar Scammers

Solar is a great way to invest, but scammers also love this industry. It can be tricky to know who to trust. Here are some ways you can figure out if the person you’re talking to is authentic:

Solar Scammers love to appear trustworthy and will represent themselves in a way that makes them feel familiar. They will often say they are with a government organization or another utility company. People often hear an official name or title and want to comply with the other person’s demands and requests. So as they masquerade to trick you, they will attempt to have you tell them sensitive, personal information that they can use for their own devices. 

Another tactic they use is pressure. Scammers will often pressure you to act immediately on what they are asking you to do. When making a big decision, especially about solar, you might want to consider your options or even consult a trusted individual in your life, which are normal things to do when making a big monetary decision. Scammers will try to make you decide immediately so you have no time to figure out that they are trying to force you into giving them money. 

Payment is another indication that the person you’re speaking with is a scammer. The way they want to receive payments are often nefarious. For example, a popular form of payment they’ll use is to mail you a check (which will later turn out to be fake), ask you to deposit it, and have you send them a portion of that money back. Which will essentially be just taking the money you already have in your bank account! 

Instead here are some signs that show that a solar company is reputable:

  • Experience in the community
  • Solar Experience, and the more the better. 
  • More positive than negative online reviews
  • High-quality product with a manufacturer’s warranty
  • Accessible via phone, email, office visit if necessary
  • Referrals and Recommendations
  • Financing options
  • Truthful and transparent, easy to understand contracts

At Phoenix Exteriors, we have all this and more. We want to help you start your solar journey! Contact us today for all our offers and financing options!

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