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Don’t Get Caught in the SCAM!

Community Services & Workforce Development staff have seen an increase in the number of San Benito County residents getting scammed on their utility bills.

Hollister – CA

VISTA Energy Marketing LP Gas has been raking in the dough at the expense of San Benito County residents. The staff at Community Services & Workforce Development (CSWD) has seen a significant spike in the number of clients comming in seeking assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Many, but not all, of the clients are senior citizens on a fixed income. VISTA is charging up to double the amount on top of what PG&E is charging for gas.

VISTA representatives have been hitting up residents via phone calls, but also, many clients have indicated they were introduced to VISTA by a representative who came to their door promising them they could save money on their utility services. If uyou think you may have been a target, CSWD staff encourages you to review their bill prior to paying. I've included a sample of one of the bills from a client who was targeted. Notice the spike in usage from 12/26/12 to 12/16/13.

Here is a link to the Better Business Bureau with more information on VISTA Energy Marketing LP Gas:

http://www.bbb.org/houston/business-reviews/natural-gas-companies/vista-energy-marketing-l-p-in-houston-tx-90014008/

CSWD still has funding available for San Benito County residents who have not received assistance in 2013. For an application and income guidelines please visit: www.sbccab.wix.com/cab

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