Alternative energy scams hit poor blacks and Latinos the hardest, complaints show

Cynthia Green ignored all the red flags.

The 47-year-old Humboldt Park resident was running errands when a young man approached her in a Walmart parking lot on North Avenue last fall. The man, Green recalled, said he worked for a company helping residents save on their energy costs. He asked to see her bill. She obliged just to see what he had to say. She really had no intentions of switching her utility.

“Usually red flags will come up if somebody asked for information,” Green said....

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