Beware Online Heating Oil Scamsters, Warns FPS
18th March 2012
Trade Association The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) which represents over 80% of oil distribution companies in Great Britain is warning consumers to be cautious when ordering their heating oil online as they have been receiving more reports recently of consumers who have been ripped off. The FPS gives this advice to consumers about ordering fuel oil. Internet companies and comparison sites are not necessarily relevant to individual circumstances; some do not keep up to date with quotes.
It does not take long to ring round two or three distributors and get quotes yourself. And you then know which company you're speaking to, have a quote for your own circumstances and can arrange a delivery time to suit.
FPS has heard from a number of customers who say they ordered oil off some website only for it not to be delivered. If consumers want to check that they are dealing with a bona fide distributor rather than an internet agent, they can ring or email FPS or use the 'Find Your Local Distributor' facility on the federation's website.
FPS members are, in the main, small family businesses responsible for deliveries of almost all the home heating oil used in Great Britain, in addition to marine, agricultural, commercial, industrial and independent forecourt deliveries.
FPS Chief Executive, Mark Askew comments, "Supplying essential heating oil to consumers and fuel for farms etc., is the mainstay of our members' business and, because the distributor drivers know most of their customers personally, they will do their utmost to ensure that customers get a fair price and a good service.
If consumers are buying oil online they need to check a few things before ordering including:
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Article Last Updated 18th March 2012