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updated: 9/27/2012 7:19 AM

Utility warns customers of scam targeting Latinos

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- A power company is warning its customers of a telephone scam that appears to target Hispanic and Latino households.

Fort Wayne-based Indiana Michigan Power says the scam involves a caller claiming to represent the utility or its parent company, American electric Power. The caller tells the target that a certain amount of money must be paid immediately or electricity service will be cut off. The scammer usually suggests that the customer purchase a pre-paid money card and to call another phone number where the cash value is removed from the card or the card is redirected to another user.

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The utility says it doesn't suggest customers purchase money cards to pay their bills.

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