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BEWARE of Universal Energy

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BEWARE of Universal Energy

BEWARE of Universal Energy Never purchase natural gas from a Marketer
http://www.universalenergy.ca/

JOIN THE SURVIVORS FACEBOOK GROUP.

NEVER PURCHASE ANYTHING FROM A DOOR TO DOOR SALE PEOPLE.

I have been coerced into signing up for the Universal Energy; a door to door sale Chinese lady showed up at front of my door when I purchased the house ( I think the real estate MLS sells these information ) asking to sing me up on the natural gas plan. These people pretend like they are from the Enbridge, they ask to see your utility bill and tell you that the gas price is going up in the near future. Pretend like they are doing you a favor and make you sign up. They won
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[quote="arvins" post_id="6444608" time="1203644246" user_id="34836"]I have been coerced into signing up for the Universal Energy; a door to door sale Chinese lady showed up at front of my door when I purchased the house... they ask to see your utility bill and tell you that the gas price is going up in the near future...They won
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Dec 22, 2005
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JAC wrote: Dude, I feel bad you got scammed. But you need to grow a pair.
He didn't get scammed. He signed a contract and broke it.

It sounds like the OP signed up for natural gas then later moved. The contract clearly states that if you move you have to tell them so they can continue to supply you natural gas. If you didn't like this you shouldn't have signed.

DOn't get me wrong I hate those sales people comming to my door all the time. Plus their tactics are very sneaky, I agree. However, even when you sign up with the sales people, they send out another confirmation letter which giving you the option of canceling.

People should really read contracts before they sign.
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Krox wrote: He didn't get scammed. He signed a contract and broke it.

It sounds like the OP signed up for natural gas then later moved. The contract clearly states that if you move you have to tell them so they can continue to supply you natural gas. If you didn't like this you shouldn't have signed.

DOn't get me wrong I hate those sales people comming to my door all the time. Plus their tactics are very sneaky, I agree. However, even when you sign up with the sales people, they send out another confirmation letter which giving you the option of canceling.

People should really read contracts before they sign.
+1! This is no where near a scam by Universal Energy. I have a feeling it's the OP that is actually trying to pull the scam in this situation but I may be wrong. Possibly the OP doesn't like the rate they signed up for and now has tried putting the gas bill in another's name to avoid paying the contracted rate. Maybe they really did move, who knows. But it doesn't work and they will sue you and win. :rolleyes:
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To the OP and anyone else who feels compelled to buy/sign things at the door. Repeat after me:

"I am not interested". Then slam the door in their face.

Works everytime.
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In theory these contracts aren't a scam, they work out in your favour IF the natural gas rates increase significantly, since you'll be "locked in" at some fixed rate. However, it does sound like you knew what this was about, and you took the risk and did it.

I'm not sure how you can get out of this, but in the future, DO NOT sign any contract without knowing what you're getting into.
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There are like 3 or 4 of these companies in Ottawa. Every summer, they come at least once a month. I tell them that I'm not interested, and I feel bad, but they are so pushy, that I have to close the door while they are still talking.

The last one was called... The Ontario Energy Savings Board, or something like that. I actually thought it was real when she started to try and confuse me by dropping a real government website, I really thought I was missing out on a rebate, until the girl took out the "form" and asked to see my bill, then I knew it was the same as all of the others, and quickly closed the door.

I'm sure they will be back this summer as well.. I cringe ever time my door bell rings.
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anyway to stop these people?

is telemarketing illegal in Canada now? aren't these door-to-door sale people fall into the same category?
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They come to our house constantly, ignoring our "No Agents or Salespeople" sign on the frontdoor ("because I'm not here to sell you something, I'm here to confirm your energy savings are valid" crap is their justification).

Lately they have been getting more and more pushy and one even got insulting when I was closing the door with a "we're not interested, but good luck" - he started saying nasty things loud enough for me to hear through the door.

I'm getting sick of these people doing this. It's my freaking home, leave me be!
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Jetfire wrote: They come to our house constantly, ignoring our "No Agents or Salespeople" sign on the frontdoor ("because I'm not here to sell you something, I'm here to confirm your energy savings are valid" crap is their justification).

Lately they have been getting more and more pushy and one even got insulting when I was closing the door with a "we're not interested, but good luck" - he started saying nasty things loud enough for me to hear through the door.

I'm getting sick of these people doing this. It's my freaking home, leave me be!
Take their information, pretend to be interested if you need to, to get it. Call their office and tell them you've repeatedly said no, and mail them a letter via registered mail saying that they're not welcome on your property. If they come back, you have written proof they've been told about it, and call the cops and have them charged with trespassing.
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i think there was a part of our conversation where I ask the rep if they have all these info @ their end. he says that they don't .. they're a 3 party company that verify's the consumer is getting a cheaper rate.

:confused:

so, what's the point of them coming over?
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