The Environmental Protection Bureau (DSPA) has advised the public to exercise extra caution towards a possible scam. Fraudsters have pretended to be DSPA staff, and have attempted to sell environmentally friendly products and services to members of the public.
In a press release yesterday, DSPA said that they had recently received complaints from members of the public, who said that individuals claiming to be DSPA staff had visited their homes and tried to sell environmentally friendly products. Local media reports said that these products included water filters and energy-efficent domestic appliances.
Moreover, the self-professed DSPA workers also attempted to solicit a service payment from the targeted citizens, in exchange for a speedy application to obtain a DSPA subsidy, also known as the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund, intended for environmental protection projects.
DSPA denied sending staff to local families to sell any products or services. They stressed that the authorities approve financial support for environmental protection projects in accordance with their merits and established procedures, and would not sacrifice public interests by interfering with application procedures in exchange for a service payment.
After receiving the complaints, DSPA said that they had referred the case to the police for criminal investigation.
The DSPA stressed that the Fund, since its inception, has never engaged in any promotion or the sale of any products to the public. They also added that they do not have plans to cooperate with any private companies to sell products directly to local households.
DSPA advised companies, associations and institutions interested in the application for financial aid under the Fund, to apply to DSPA in person. The Fund’s executive committee decides whether to approve the subsidy after a case-by-case analysis of the functions and purposes of the products presented in the application. Citizens should immediately contact the DSPA when faced with suspicious situations. Members of the public can call the DSPA hotline (2876 2626) for enquiries.
DSPA warns of “green” scam