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*We'll do Anything to get our foot in Your Door!* Synergy Companies Solicitor pretends to be a PG&E maintenance worker to 'get the
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MILPITAS, CALIFORNIA -- I answered the door because the guy was knocking pretty insistently.

The young man claimed to be from PG&E and said that they were doing an 'inspection' for possible gas leaks and faulty electrical wiring. (It did not occur to me to ask him for identification) (I should have because all he was carrying was a small clipboard).

He offered me a 'courtesy' appointment time to get safety inspections done in our home for a week or two from today. Now, I know that we do not have any gas or electric issues because of the recent remodel we had done in our kitchen and bathrooms. However, to humour the guy, I said that this 'was not a good time' and asked if he had a phone number that I could call (as if...).

The guy handed me a small flier; which I did not look at immediately; assuming it was PG&E. After he left, I casually glanced at the flier to find the phone number. The flier was not from PG&E, it was from an outfit called 'Synergy Companies' 'offering attic and wall insulation, duct test and seal, window replacement, air infiltration, lighting conversion, HVAC Replacement, Solar Panels (and MORE!). CA license #835016.

Now this may be a bona fide company that does all these wonderful services, but my issue is that they deliberately lied to me about 1) being solicitors and 2) being from PG&E. just to get 'their foot in the door'.

The flier also offered a 'free' home energy audit (a $500 dollar value!!)
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Anonymous on 11/17/2011:
These kinds of scams piss me off. BTW, NEVER answer the door no matter how insistently the person on the other side is knocking. You have no idea who the person on the other side of the door is or what their intention is. If they refuse to go away, you call the police.
Kris10 on 11/18/2011:
You should call the police anyway. That's criminal impersonation.
Slimjim on 11/18/2011:
I'm thinking the same thing. I would consider calling the police. If he lied about that, maybe even the flier is a prop and he was just casing the place. Who knows what, except this guy was impersonating a rep from your utility company. That's a problem to me that I would consider making waves over.
Anonymous on 11/18/2011:
I agree with the others. I would call the police if for nothing more than to alert them of possible scammers/possible robbers casing houses and/or ripping off senior citizens. (Be sure *not* to dial 9-1-1, but rather your non-emergency line!)

I never do business with anyone who walks up to me/my house and tries to sell me something. If I want it, I'll go get it.

But to lie about who your company is is the mark of a dishonest person/company - and the promise of problems to come.
Anonymous on 11/18/2011:
I never considered the flier being a prop. I would make waves over that in a BIG way!
seddeb on 04/25/2012:
Synergy companies is an energy partner of PG and E they aren't the company itself. It is not a scam, the information gathered in the energy audit does go to PG and E as well as the client. Here is their website., do some research next time before you go and soil an honest company's name. on 03/30/2014:
If they are an honest company why do they lie and tell you they are PG and E. They called my house stating they were calling from PG and E. Is that honest?
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