Has anyone heard of Purple Carbon?

macwill
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Purple Carbon are advertising on Facebook that they are installing free boilers etc under a UK Government scheme. I can find no reference to this anywhere else. Is it a scam?

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  • Netexporter
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    If it is on Facebook, probably.

    You can get a free heat pump and solar panels via the ECO4 scheme, if you meet the qualifying criteria.
  • FreeBear
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    Just looked them up on da-web.... Only contact is a mobile number. No business address on their web site. Domain name registered August 2023, and no contact details in the whois listing.
    If it smells like a scam (which this is has the scent of), then it probably is.
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  • 400ixl
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    edited 5 February at 8:47PM
    Start with a search on your council website as a starting point for these types of grants. Ignore anything you see on Facebook.

    Nothing to do with Purple Carbon looks remotely genuine.
  • Grizzlebeard
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    Complanies House lists them as a Telemarketing Company registered in 2003.
    Run by two people, a Scotland based couple called Sarah Jane Hunt and David John Hunt.
    I cannot comment on the legitimacy of their claims of access to Government grants for funding but
    they don't seem to belong to any of  the Energy, Financial, Trade Installers, Builders etc or Government related organisations or officially recognised bodies you would expect.
    Work out of a primative website, facebook/Xitter/Instagram and mobile only.


  • macwill
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    Hi. Thanks, that seems to be a different company (I called them). 
  • 400ixl
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    macwill said:
    Hi. Thanks, that seems to be a different company (I called them). 
    Can't see them even registered. Any reason for wasting time with this, its not legit from the looks of it.
  • Grizzlebeard
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    macwill said:
    Hi. Thanks, that seems to be a different company (I called them). 

    What else is an (alleged) shady outfit going to say?
    So along with all the other missing connections they're not even a registered company?
    (Call anybody else but the (alleged) suspect.)

  • CKhalvashi
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    macwill said:
    Hi. Thanks, that seems to be a different company (I called them). 

    What else is an (alleged) shady outfit going to say?
    So along with all the other missing connections they're not even a registered company?
    (Call anybody else but the (alleged) suspect.)

    You don't need to be a limited company to run a legitimate business.

    I'm sitting opposite a self employed gentleman in a shop owned by another self-employed gentleman at the moment. They are both registered with HMRC for self assessment, but are not on companies house and don't need to be.
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  • Grizzlebeard
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    macwill said:
    Hi. Thanks, that seems to be a different company (I called them). 

    What else is an (alleged) shady outfit going to say?
    So along with all the other missing connections they're not even a registered company?
    (Call anybody else but the (alleged) suspect.)

    You don't need to be a limited company to run a legitimate business.

    I'm sitting opposite a self employed gentleman in a shop owned by another self-employed gentleman at the moment. They are both registered with HMRC for self assessment, but are not on companies house and don't need to be.

    Either way you don't take an unknown trader's word for it when they tell you they are legitimate. You look for affiliations and membership of official Trade Bodies and Organisations and cross check details and make sure they're the original and.not a clone.
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