EDINBURG, Texas – Scammers continue finding new ways to entice residents in any way possible, to steal their information or money.
Jaime Longoria, “We had a report from the sheriff’s office of people actually walking the neighborhoods in Hidalgo County, telling the residents that they are working on behalf of Hidalgo County Community Service Agency and trying to get people to switch electric companies.”
Felipe Longoria is the Executive Director for Hidalgo County Community Service Agency. He says scammers are pretending to be part of the county’s assistance programs to target low income families.
“One of the services that we offer in our agency is utility assistance for families experiencing a crisis or are low income families that are struggling to pay their utility bills. In that program we ask families to come in and theirs an application process and they apply and if they qualify then we provide these services.”
Longoria says the CSA will never go out door knocking, in fact, residents are required to go into their facilities for any service requests.
“Generally the client will call our office and let us know that they are having trouble coming to our office for whatever reason and then they’ll be an actual appointment set up and a worker will go to them.”
Longoria says identifying these type of scammers is easy.
“Just normal people walking the neighborhood knocking door to door working on our behalf and asking people to switch utility companies.”
Officials advise residents to ask those posing as county workers for their official county identification to prevent being victimized.
Longoria adds if you doubt a person works for the CSA, call them at 956-383-6240.