Midlands Business Owner Loses $1,000 In Scam

A Midlands business owner was scammed out of $1,000 when someone called her posing as an SCE&G representative.

"When we decided to do this we spent our whole life savings," Chicken Shack owner Deborah Dyches said.

Dyches knows the hardships of many small business owners, spending lots of money in hopes of the "American Dream."

With rising temperatures, her electric bill was getting out of hand.

"My light bill went up almost $700 more than what it normally does so I knew at that point I would not have all the money to pay the bill," she said.

She made a payment agreement with SCE&G to pay half of what she owed to keep her power on.

That's when Dyches got a call from a woman named Victoria, posing as an SCE&G representative.

"She was exactly on the money, she knew exactly what my account was," Dyches said. "She knew my account number she knew everything about my account and to be able to know the notes that I spoke to the credit department."

Dyches was instructed to get a green dot card to pay the balance or power would be shut off immediately.

After making two payments to what she thought was SCE&G, later on today technicians were at her door.

"They were turning my power off and I told them to give me 10 more minutes, I've got product, I've got my whole livelihood is in my cooler and freezer," she said.

Dyches immediately went to the SCE&G office to file a complaint.

They ended up letting her pay a portion of the bill and are investigating her claim.

But until then, the Chicken shack lives to see another day.

"If my power would have been turned off I would have lost everything," she said.

News19 talked to SCE&G about the scam. A representative told us the scammers seem to be targeting commercial customers and about 50 people have been affected.


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