Leeds City Council was forced to issue the warning after being alerted by residents about cavity wall and loft insulation salesmen operating in the area.
The salesmen have either been going door-to-door or cold-calling people saying that they are working in conjunction with the council and signing people up for ‘free’ insulation schemes, when in fact the customers may not be fully eligible.
Cllr Steve Smith, executive board member for environmental services, said: “People need to check that the uninvited callers selling insulation schemes, especially if they claim the council’s backing, are what they seem. If you are unsure about their claims, ask for evidence.”
Members of the public are advised that unless a salesperson can provide a letter of authentication stating that they have the express permission of the local council to use its name, they are not working with the council. Local Trading Standards have been informed.
Although the schemes being sold may be legitimate they do not have the council's backing.
If in any doubt, the public are advised to call the council's Fuelsavers Team on freephone 0113 39 57159 from Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm.
The team provides free, impartial and locally relevant advice about grants and discount schemes for insulation and heating improvements.