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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12. 2012
Contact:
 
Doree Krage, Asst. Director
Community Relations Department
630/543-4100, ext. 7550

FRAUD ALERT FOR ADDISON RESIDENTS – BEWARE OF ENERGY SUPPLIER

Door-to-Door Solicitors Do Not Have Permit with Village of Addison

Village of Addison officials have been alerted that door-to-door solicitors have been misrepresenting themselves in an attempt to sign up residents for electricity supply, claiming they are the Village’s chosen vendor. Residents should notify Addison Police if the activity continues.

Solicitors representing IGS Energy have visited residents in an attempt to get them to switch from ComEd for their energy supply. Residents have reported that these solicitors indicate that IGS is the vendor the Village chose as part of the Municipal Aggregation Program, which was passed by referendum in March.

However, the Village of Addison has signed a contract with Integrys Energy Services. Integrys is communicating with residents by mail only, and will not visit residents door-to-door.

Furthermore, the solicitors have not received a permit in the Village of Addison, which is required by ordinance.

Village staff has notified the Illinois Commerce Commission as well as the Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Division. Meanwhile Addison Police have contacted Choice Markets, the soliciting company for IGS, asking them to pull their representatives from within Addison, or to go through the proper permitting process.

“We understand that IGS is a legitimate energy provider, and our residents can choose any company they wish,” said Village Manager Joseph Block. “Our concern is that the solicitors representing IGS are putting out false information and confusing residents, especially senior citizens.”

Residents who are visited by solicitors for IGS should contact the Addison Police Department’s non-emergency number at 630-543-3080.

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