By Chris King • 12 June 2021 • 2:03
Endesa Electricity Fraud Inspectors Will Always Catch You.
ENDESA Electricity Fraud Inspectors Who Will Track You Down if you try to fiddle your electricity supply
Juan de Dios Cerrato is a Cordovan man who is about to retire, a triathlete in his spare time, who started working for the Spanish electricity supply company Endesa at the age of 19, becoming their youngest inspector, and he has devoted his entire 39 years of working life, to detecting electricity fraud.
He says there has always been fraud, and he has been detecting hoaxes since 1985, originally in the old sheet metal meters, where cheats made a tiny hole from which they made the disk that measured consumption stop, and now in remote-managed digital electricity meters.
He not a policeman, but in him there is an aura of an investigator, a detective, a bloodhound, hunting those who do not respect the rules of the game, and during his 39 years, he has seen all kinds of tricks, and Juan always warns that if you are tempted to fiddle your electricity meter to pay less, “Sooner or later you are always detected”, especially now that Endesa uses artificial intelligence to prevent such things from happening.
With the new electricity regulations that came into force on June 1, the idea of lowering the electricity bill with illegal tricks can seduce many, although few actually dare, and the Internet is full of ‘how-to videos’ and detailed instructions so that anyone with minimal technical knowledge can defraud their power company.
While facility improvements and technology are making it harder to fiddle meters, thus raising the level of training needed to execute the fiddles, power theft is still an uncomfortable challenge for utility companies.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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