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Palmetto Electric and La Isla Team To Warn Spanish-Speaking Customers of Scam

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -

Eric Esquivel with La Isla magazine was the go-to guy when Palmetto Electric learned what was happening to many of their Spanish-speaking customers.

 

"It was a call-center calling Latino customers telling them they were delinquent on a bill and that if they did not pay within 24 hours they would turn their electric off," Esquivel said of a scam that went on about three weeks.  "And that they had to go to Walgreens to buy a green dot card and then call back and give the authorization number," he said.

 

Esquivel and Palmetto Electric teamed up, printing flyers to hang in restaurants and churches, and dedicating an article to it within the magazine.  Esquivel says in a growing Hispanic community, these type scams are common.

 

"There's definitely people targeting them because of lack of knowledge, education or just the unwillingness to question the abnormal because maybe a language barrier or for fear of questioning," Esquivel said.

 

That fear makes Palmetto Electric spokesman Jimmy Baker believe not all the cases have been reported-so he's not sure how many customers have gotten the call or fallen victim to the scam. 

He does know of two customers who fell for it but hopes this education will help put a stop to it altogether.

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