News

Solar scam phone caller threatens to burn house down

SOLAR: A Ballina woman says she was threatened by a scammer.
SOLAR: A Ballina woman says she was threatened by a scammer.

A BALLINA woman has reported a solar rebate scam to police after the caller threatened to burn her house down.

The woman - who did not want to be named - said she received a phone call last week from a man who claimed she was eligible for a "great rebate" on solar panels for her home.

"I knew straight away that it was a scam, because I have received plenty of tips from the Do Not Call Register," she said.

She engaged the man in a conversation in an attempt to work out the name of the company and where they were based.

But after a short time the man became frustrated and told the woman: "We will burn your house down".

"When he said that, I said, 'excuse me?'. And he said it again: 'We are going to come over there and burn your house to the ground'.

"I told him that he was threatening me and he hung up.

"Straight away he rang back and said the same thing.

"He said it five or six times, and then he called me a rude old lady and he swore at me."

The Ballina woman immediately phoned the police and made a complaint. They advised her to also log the complaint with Crime Stoppers.

A trace has been placed on her phone in case the man calls again.

"If an elderly person got that phone call, they would be scared out of their wits," the woman said.

"It is disgusting behaviour and it was a hell of a shock."

SCAMwatch, run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, says it receives regular reports of "green scheme" scammers.

"Unfortunately scammers are preying on this desire to 'go green' by offering fake government rebates for initiatives like solar heating and hot water, insulation and water tanks, as well as fake energy saving devices," the website states.

"Australian Government departments will never phone or email you asking you to pay upfront amounts in order to claim a rebate."

Topics:  crime editors picks police scam solar power



Behind-the-scenes on the Northern Rivers

Olivia Newton-John and Gregg Cave at Gaia Retreat & Spa. Photo Contributed

The latest goss from our region

High achievers honoured at Australia Day Awards

Lismore's 2017 Australia Day Ambassador, chef David Bitton.

15 new citizens to be welcomed and 27 exceptional citizens honoured.

'More sick people will be jailed': Confusion over medical cannabis

There is ongoing confusion about the legalities surrounding medical cannabis.

Is it legal? Where can you get it? What are your rights?

Local Partners

High achievers honoured at Australia Day Awards

FIFTEEN new citizens to be welcomed and 27 exceptional citizens and groups honoured.


What's fresh at your local farmers' market

Chillies should be available at your local farmers' market. PHOTO: KATE O'NEILL

Chillies, figs, finger limes, eggplants are ripe for the eating

'More sick people will be jailed': Confusion over medical cannabis

There is ongoing confusion about the legalities surrounding medical cannabis.

Is it legal? Where can you get it? What are your rights?

This week's Northern Rivers markets list

CASINO: McAuliffe Park in Hickey St is the venue for the new markets.

Check out the new Casino Riverside Markets this weekend

Daniel MacPherson: acting’s a bit like channel surfing

Australian actor Daniel MacPherson in a scene from the American TV series APB.

THE Aussie export talks about making his mark in the US.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

Lisa Marie Woodham will be giving readings in Gladstone until Saturday January 21.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

What's fresh at your local farmers' market

Chillies should be available at your local farmers' market. PHOTO: KATE O'NEILL

Chillies, figs, finger limes, eggplants are ripe for the eating

Buderim man strips off for speed dating with a twist

RAW AMBITION: Buderim local Jackson pictured with his blind date Candice in a scene from SBS's new dating show Undressed.

People have done stranger things for love

Behind-the-scenes on the Northern Rivers

Olivia Newton-John and Gregg Cave at Gaia Retreat & Spa. Photo Contributed

The latest goss from our region

Matthew McConaughey wrongly used as medical example

Doctor tried to steal credit for McConaughey's hair treatment

Agents desperate for stock as homebuyers circle region

Coorabell houses had a whopping median sale price of $1.4 million.

Lower price ranges stand out as Coffs property best sellers

7 quirky Airbnb homes on the Northern Rivers

Broken Head Bodhi Treehouse

Stay in a shipping container or treehouse for your next holiday

Controversial Iron Gates development renamed

Raine and Horne

Peaceful, pristine and perfect is the new motto for Iron Gates

'That’s the nature of commercial reality': Lismore council

GAME CHANGER: The $13 million proposal by Quest proposal is for a three-storey complex featuring 41 serviced apartments, 53 on-site carparks, 24-hour on-site management, a gymnasium and modern guest facilities.

"It's a shame the development is no longer on the table"

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!