APS Joins National Consumer Protection Week to Alert Customers to Scams

Aug 1, 2019
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As a leading eCommerce & Shopping company in the Appliances & electronics category, Barrett Propane Prescott is committed to providing a safe and secure experience for our customers. We are proud to announce that APS has joined National Consumer Protection Week to raise awareness about scams in the propane industry and to help protect our valued customers.

Importance of Consumer Protection

Consumer protection plays a critical role in ensuring fair and transparent business practices. It is our top priority to safeguard our customers' interests and ensure they are well-informed about potential scams that may affect their experience with us. By partnering with APS for National Consumer Protection Week, we aim to educate our customers and empower them to make informed decisions.

Common Scams in the Propane Industry

Unfortunately, scammers often target unsuspecting customers in the propane industry. It is essential to be aware of these common scams and know how to identify and avoid them. Here are some of the most prevalent scams:

  • Phishing Scams: Scammers may send deceptive emails or make fraudulent calls posing as reputable propane companies, attempting to obtain sensitive information such as credit card details or personal identification.
  • False Promotions: Some scammers offer unrealistically low prices or enticing promotions to lure customers into making quick purchases without verifying the legitimacy of the seller.
  • Tank Ownership Transfers: Scammers may pretend to facilitate the transfer of ownership for a propane tank but deceive customers by charging exorbitant fees or disappearing after taking payment.
  • Fake Technicians: Fraudsters may pose as propane technicians, offering services at lower prices or claiming to represent reputable companies, but ultimately providing subpar or non-existent services.

Tips to Stay Safe

At Barrett Propane Prescott, we want to ensure that our customers stay protected from scams and have a positive experience with our services. Here are some tips to help you stay safe:

  1. Verify the Source: Always verify the legitimacy of any communication received by contacting the company directly using their official contact information. Do not share personal information or make payments without confirming the source.
  2. Research Before Purchasing: Research the seller thoroughly before making any purchases or accepting deals that seem too good to be true. Read reviews, check their reputation, and compare prices with other reputable companies.
  3. Protect Personal Information: Be cautious while sharing personal or financial information online. Look for secure websites (https://) and avoid sharing sensitive data through email or text messages.
  4. Ask for Identification: When technicians or delivery personnel visit your property, always ask for proper identification and verify their credentials. Legitimate professionals will understand and comply.

Reporting Scams

If you encounter any suspicious activity or believe you have been a victim of a propane-related scam, it is crucial to report it promptly. Contact your local authorities or reach out to consumer protection agencies to provide them with the necessary information to investigate and prevent further scams.

Barrett Propane Prescott and APS are dedicated to creating a safe and trusted environment for our customers. By participating in National Consumer Protection Week, we hope to raise awareness about scams in the propane industry and equip our customers with the knowledge to protect themselves.

Remember, at Barrett Propane Prescott, your safety and satisfaction are our top priorities. Stay informed, stay vigilant, and let's work together to combat scams in the propane industry.

Jamie Vallejo
Thanks for looking out! 👍
Nov 8, 2023
James Parr
Great initiative!
Oct 7, 2023