Window Websites Lack Transparency; PENMAN Mirror.Co.UK THURSDAY 22.08.2019 DAILY MIRROR 25 DM1ST Investigate@mirror.Co.UK from the Fishy to the Fraudulent @PenmanMirror; Rogue Firms Lie about Government Grants to Get Your Details

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Window Websites Lack Transparency; PENMAN Mirror.Co.UK THURSDAY 22.08.2019 DAILY MIRROR 25 DM1ST Investigate@mirror.Co.UK from the Fishy to the Fraudulent @PenmanMirror; Rogue Firms Lie about Government Grants to Get Your Details


Byline: PENMAN INVESTIGATES

DECEPTIVE online adverts are giving the impression there are Government grants available for buying energy efficient windows for your home.

The plugs are data harvesting operations carried out by lead generation companies that sell personal data to window firms.

They urge you to "apply now" and input your personal details - but there are no Government grants.

The Advertising Standards Authority has now banned one marketing campaign that I exposed in May.

"Millions of pounds of funding for homeowners to upgrade their windows," it claimed on Twitter, adding that you could get up to PS2,500 for scrapping your old windows.

The company behind the promoted tweets was KS Online Ltd, of Livingston, near Edinburgh.

It was paid to collect details of potential customers by Clearwin Limited, owner of the Weatherseal and Zenith Home brands and part of the business empire of windows tycoon Brian Kennedy.

The advertising watchdog ruled: "We told them not to misleadingly claim that they were offering consumers access to official funding for home upgrades if that was not the case."

Clearwin insisted that it had not authorised the references to "funding" made by KS Online and said it had terminated its relationship with the lead generator.

The Mirror asked KS Online director Kenneth Sharkey to comment and received a two word response, the second of which was "off ". The internet is awash with other suspect sites. One, called double glazinggrants.com, refers to a privately-funded scheme to help low-income households get new windows.

It doesn't give any links to the supposed funding, its privacy policy and terms and conditions sections are blank, and it has not replied to my emails.

Greendealfundingplan.com claims: "New round of funding released for homeowners to upgrade inefficient windows and doors", and adds a sense of urgency with the warning that the funding is normally taken up "very quickly". …

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