A NORTHWICH woman says her blind mother was duped into signing up to change her gas supply.
The woman, who does not want to be identified, says despite her 84-year-old mother being registered blind and profoundly deaf, a Powergen salesman who called at her house encouraged her to sign up to change her supply on the spot.
She said her mother had no idea what she was signing.
Powergen bosses are now promising a full investigation and have said they will discipline the salesman if they find anything untoward has happened.
The woman says the salesman got her mother, who is unable to unlock her own front door, to pass house keys through the door to him so he could let himself into her Castle home on Thursday.
Although the daughter immediately phoned up the company to cancel the transfer of her mother's gas and electric, she told the Chronicle she had still not received confirmation her mother would not hear from the company again.
She said: 'My mum suffers arthritis and her short-term memory is poor. I try to give her as much independence as possible.
'She phoned my brother that afternoon to say she could not lock the front door after she had let someone in. When I got there, I checked over the house and saw a piece of paper on the table. We found the caller had been from Powergen and had assisted my mum to sign.
'My mother had no idea what she signed. She said he put his finger on the form and told her to write where his finger was.'
Nick Lakin, from Powergen, told the Chronicle yesterday: 'Clearly we are going to look into the circumstances of this.
'We will take appropriate action with the sales agent involved if anything untoward has taken place.'