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3 Electricity Authorities take immediate action against scammers who edited photos to advertise household power saving devices which do not really exist

9 August 2019 440

Mr. Jaturong Suriyasasin, Assistant Governor and Spokesperson of Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA), Mr. Prasertsak Cherngchawano, Assistant Governor (Corporate Strategy) of Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), Mr. Kittisak Wankaew, Deputy Director (Research and Development) of Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA), along with staff and four victims pressed charges against scammers at the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD), the Government Complex Commemorating His Majesty, on August 8, 2019. It had been found that scammers have advertised household power saving devices and made claims of lower electric costs through Facebook Fan Page: Expert Electric while infringing on the patents of the government agencies or various celebrities or have edited news photos of the three power authorities to be used as advertisement to lure people.

MEA, EGAT, and PEA have always been concerned about safety of Thai people who might have been cheated in such scams and hence have pressed charges to the fullest extent of the law against those scammers since it has been found that infringements on the symbols of the three authorities have occurred as power saving device scams while alluding to the government agencies or celebrities to build credibility in the ads through social media, making many people naively believe in the products and lose a lot of money. Today evidences have also been presented and the victims have been invited to press charges with TCSD. A press conference has also been set to ensure that all Thais would be cautious to gain immunity against frauds.

However, MEA, EGAT, and PEA have confirmed that those power-saving equipment or cost-saving devices for household use do not exist. Those electric power savers which have been deceptively advertised through social media may fall in the category of consumer fraud. The three authorities have investigated the devices and concluded 3 distinct characteristics: 1) as a box or a container whose wires connect to the power system while most interiors function as capacitors and some interiors are non-circuit, containing only ballast materials, 2) as a device to directly connect to electrical outlets, and 3) as a card to be attached to an electrical distributor or power equipment. It is advisable for all of us not to believe in the scams since none of those devices can truly save electricity and may damage the power system or affect the power distribution system. Any use of those devices shall be deemed illegal.

Nevertheless, to save electricity with no cost, you may simply change your behavior by turning on your electric appliances only when you need to use them and turning them off when they are no longer needed, opening the windows for ventilation before turning on your air conditioners, setting the temperature no less than 26 degree Celsius since setting the temperature too low will make your air conditioners work harder and consume more electricity, turning on a fan will circulate air and make you feel cooler, never putting hot foods in your refrigerator, avoiding opening/closing your refrigerator too often to reduce energy consumption, switching to high efficiency electrical equipment such as LED light bulbs, inverter air conditioners, electrical appliances certified with power-saving labels.

If you have any questions or need more advice, please make contact via the three authorities’ social media or dial MEA Call Center 1130 or PEA Call Center 1129 or EGAT Call Center 1416, available 24 hours a day.