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    BG Scammers.

    This is a discussion on BG Scammers. within the Sky Talk forums, part of the Other Sky help and support category; Morning I have Sky talk shield which is fantastic. Unfortunately either me or my wife have allowed the "please have ...

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      BG Scammers.

      Morning

      I have Sky talk shield which is fantastic. Unfortunately either me or my wife have allowed the "please have a smart meter from us" British Gas scammers in. I do not want a smart meter and in the highly unlikely event that I would want a smart meter I would ask them.

      Anyway bottom line does anyone know how I can block this scamming British Gas number from being passed by Sky Talk Shield?


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      Re: BG Scammers.

      You can manage your star and block lists either on-line or via the handset. I find on-line easiest.
      Here are the Sky help pages on how to do it.
      https://www.sky.com/help/diagnostics...ky-talk-shield

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      Re: BG Scammers.

      Thank you.

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      Re: BG Scammers.

      I am planning on fixing a clasp and padlock on my electricity cabinet to stop anybody fitting a smaert meter without my explicit permission.
      I will also add a sign making it clear I do not consent to having a smart meter installed in case they try when I am not at home to stop them.
      They are not compulsory.

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      Re: BG Scammers.

      I am interested in why you object so strongly to Smart Meters?

      I'm not saying you are right or wrong, just interested to hear the reasons.
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      Re: BG Scammers.

      So many stories about them not being accuarate.

      Plus, if I change supplier, it won't work any longer.

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      Re: BG Scammers.

      Quote Originally Posted by dog-man View Post
      Plus, if I change supplier, it won't work any longer.
      Th newer ones now no longer go dumb when you change suppliers, it was only earlier generations of smart meters that did that.

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      Re: BG Scammers.

      Quote Originally Posted by James_Mitchell View Post
      Th newer ones now no longer go dumb when you change suppliers, it was only earlier generations of smart meters that did that.
      Yes... I have one of those.

      For many years now we've switched every time it comes to the end of the contract. Had a smart meter installed with the last provider, does not work with the current one, who, do not do smart meters in our area, yet.

      Never had an accuracy issue. The figures on the meter, always matched what was on the bill, and our usage stayed the same as the non-smart meter.
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      Re: BG Scammers.

      Quote Originally Posted by marjohn56 View Post
      I am interested in why you object so strongly to Smart Meters?

      I'm not saying you are right or wrong, just interested to hear the reasons.
      Oh come on. Do you seriously think that the energy companies would be spending the massive amount of money to install smart meters if there wasn't a clandestine dividend in it for them? You may have been lucky but I doubt it. It's the same with water meters. Because water meters scare people into using less water the huge losses the water companies make due to leaks can be partially hidden. Scammers the damn lot of them.

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      Re: BG Scammers.

      Water meters and energy power meters are 2 different things.

      The alternative to a water meter is paying for water based on the value of your house many years ago - patent nonsense. It's much better to pay for what you use. The rule of thumb is that if you have more bedrooms than people in the house you will pay less for water charged via a meter.

      With energy meters, both smart and non-smart meters record the amount of energy used by the household; smart meters send the readings both to the supplier and the household, allowing both to check the amount of energy used without having to read the meter directly. The energy companies are keen to fit them because they will be penalised by the government if they don't.

      Personally, I think smart energy meters are a waste of time and money because there are very few second generation meters available (so changing the supplier renders them non-smart) and because I don't believe that many people will change their habits because of the meter readings. I also believe that they will lead to peak-time pricing split into smaller increments (i.e. not just peak and off-peak) and provide the perfect vehicle (pun intended) for charging vehicle excise duty on all-electric vehicles by requiring them to be recharged through a separate smart meter which will charge a higher unit price for electricity for such vehicles.

     

     
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