Officials with the Vineland Municipal Utilities (VMU) are warning residents about a door-to-door solar panel scam currently underway in the city. Residents in East Vineland have reported a representative with identification from a company called Invincible City Developments has been approaching them trying to sell “free” solar systems.
According to officials, the Invincible representative is falsely claiming that the VMU is adding a monthly surcharge to customer bills, and that this money is being used to fund clean energy solar programs in the city. He also says representatives will be in the neighborhood to sign people up for solar panels that would most likely be free because the surcharge money on the bill is paying for them. The representative may also make vague references about his company’s affiliation with the state.
“We have no connection with this company, and their surcharge claims are completely false,” said VMU Director John Lillie. “Further, they are not a registered door-to-door vendor with the city which requires fingerprinting and a background check. Their activities have been reported to the Vineland Police Department, and we have left messages with the company via a number on their website to stop their activities.
“Con artists are always coming up with new ways to try and scam the public,” Lillie added. “Always remember that VMU staff do not show up at a customer’s home without an appointment, nor do we contract with third-party companies to do work at your home. Additionally, all contacts with customers are conducted via the U.S. Postal Service.”
City officials want to stress that if you find yourself in a similar situation, feel threatened in any way, or see something suspicious, do not hesitate to notify VMU customer service or call the Vineland Police Department at 856-691-4111. When calling, provide as much identifying information as possible regarding the individual or individuals in question such as their vehicle, clothing, physical description, and license tag number.