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Alliant Energy: Spanish-speaking customers targeted in new scam

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Alliant Energy is warning of a scam that appears to target Spanish-speaking customers or those with Hispanic surnames. Alliant Energy is warning of a scam that appears to target Spanish-speaking customers or those with Hispanic surnames.
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Alliant Energy is warning of a scam that appears to target Spanish-speaking customers or those with Hispanic surnames.

The scam, similar to one that has been occurring for some time, threatens electric disconnection and asks people to purchase a prepaid card.

Alliant Energy officials reminded customers that they will never ask for immediate cash payments over the phone or ask customers to purchase prepaid cards.

Scammers are also able to spoof caller ID displays so that the call may appear to be coming from Alliant Energy.

Customers who receive such a call are asked to hang up and call Alliant Energy directly, and not provide Social Security numbers, credit card numbers or bank account information over the phone to an unsolicited caller.

You may also report a scam to iowaattorneygeneral.org or by calling (888) 777-4590.

Alliant Energy also provided this message in Spanish:

"Queremos que usted este alerta sobre estafas que al parecer estan dirigidas a nuestros clientes que hablan español. Usando la amenaza de desconectar el servicio, los estafadores los convencen de comprar tarjetas de credito prepagadas y de que les den información.

"Si usted recibe una llamada que parece sospechosa, cuelgue inmediatamente! Nosotros no solicitamos pagos de nuestros clientes a tráves de tarjetas de credito prepagadas. Tenemos muchas opciones convenientes y seguras para hacer sus pagos las cuales puede encontrar en alliantenergy.com/paymentoptions."

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