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    • PlumbingTheDepths
    • By PlumbingTheDepths 6th Dec 17, 2:11 PM
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    Energy supplier - date of birth
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    • 6th Dec 17, 2:11 PM
    Energy supplier - date of birth 6th Dec 17 at 2:11 PM
    I will contacting an energy supplier soon to set up an account.

    They tend to ask for a date of birth, but I generally try to give out as little sensitive information as possible (especially in these days of high profile hacks), so I'm tempted to refuse or give a fake date.

    However, because this is an energy supplier, and therefore credit related, is it potentially problematic to do so?

    I have seen comments elsewhere suggesting that this could trigger fraud flags.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 14th Dec 17, 1:38 AM
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    You should have asked at what age the discount applies and said i was that age yesterday

    EDF here and nothing on my file. If they do i will phone and ask why my dads electric bill is on my file.

    Far too much information being shared these days and its only there to be sold on.
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    Due to me being a tight git.
    • PlumbingTheDepths
    • By PlumbingTheDepths 20th Dec 17, 12:09 AM
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    Quick update on this. When I did contact the supplier, Sainsbury's, the first thing they asked for was my name and date of birth. I said that I'd rather not provide it, they said "fine, we can use other things for security".

    I've set up to pay by direct debit, but they did say that if I wanted to pay on receipt of bill, I would need to be credit checked, and that they would then need my DOB.
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