PEOPLE living in rural areas are warned to beware of a bogus alternative energy dealer who is preying on expatriate and local businesses.
The warning came after two complaints were lodged with the Consumer Council of Fiji from people living in Sigatoka and the Coral Coast.
Council chief executive officer Premila Kumar urged consumers to take precautions if approached by anyone from a company that operates under the name Power One Tech Limited.
"This solar power dealer, Neal Nitya Singh, operates under the name of Power One Tech Ltd which is trading as Wateredge Investment Limited. The council has received several complaints whereby Mr Neal Singh obtained substantial amounts of money from customers without commencing any of the works that he had quoted for. Another complaint was regarding the faulty installation of an alternative energy power system. The council has contacted Mr Singh on several occasions through written letters, emails and phone calls but has not received any firm responses," she said in a statement released yesterday.
Ms Kumar said there was evidence that the bogus energy dealer had moved operations to Vanua Levu and Taveuni after a complaint was received in Labasa.
"Our investigations have revealed that Mr Singh is now operating his business in the Northern Division around the Labasa, Savusavu and Taveuni areas," she said.
"We urge consumers especially in these parts to be aware and to tread with caution when dealing with this particular trader.
"The council has sought the assistance of the Fiji Police Force and the Fiji Commerce Commission in resolving this complaint as the exact whereabouts of Mr Singh is unknown." she said.