BUSINESS
07/26/2011 02:50 EDT | Updated 09/25/2011 05:12 EDT

Albertans warned about scam to reduce household power costs

EDMONTON - Electricity users in Alberta are being warned about a potential scam involving a device that purports to reduce their power bills.

The government says it is investigating complaints that telemarketers and door-to-door sales agents are offering what they call a "hydro power saver."

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EDMONTON - Electricity users in Alberta are being warned about a potential scam involving a device that purports to reduce their power bills.

The government says it is investigating complaints that telemarketers and door-to-door sales agents are offering what they call a "hydro power saver."

It supposedly reduces electricity costs by 30 per cent or more if it is plugged into a household socket.

Some customers have allegedly been told that the device — which costs up to $350 — is required by the federal government.

They've also been told that their bills could go up or their power might be disconnected if they don't buy it.