Seven Rock Hill attorneys make Best Lawyers list

August 24, 2013 

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Seven Rock Hill attorneys have been named to the 20th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

“Best Lawyers is the most reliable reference for quality legal representation,” said president and co-founder Steven Naifeh. “Inclusion on this list indicates that an attorney is valued by his or her peers for professional success.”

The attorneys named to Best Lawyers are recognized by their peers for their professional excellence in 134 different practice areas. In this past year, Best Lawyers evaluated more than 131,000 lawyers around the world, and collected more than six million voting results.

The attorneys honored from Rock Hill are:

James Carlisle Hardin III of James C. Hardin III

W. Henry Sipe III of the Sipe Law Firm

Herbert W. Hamilton of Hamilton Martens Ballou & Carroll

Stephen M. Cox of Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson

Benjamin A. Johnson of Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson

Joseph L. Raad of Joseph L. Raad

S. Randall Hood of McGowan, Hood & Felder

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At the Lake Wylie office, 264 Latitude Lane, Suite 103, are Paula Barros, Tyler Cain and Patti Hyre

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•  Duke Energy is using a radio campaign to educate the public about an ongoing payment scam, and what customers should do if targeted. The ad is airing in English and Spanish in South Carolina.

Gayle Lanier, Duke Energy senior vice president and chief customer officer, said the primary red flag used by these criminals is the insistence that customers pay with a prepaid debit card.

Here is how the scam works:

A customer receives an unsolicited phone call from an individual who falsely claims to be a Duke Energy representative. The scammer warns that Duke Energy will disconnect the customer’s electric service if the customer fails to make an immediate payment – usually within one hour.

The thief instructs the customer to purchase a prepaid debit card – widely available at retail stores – then call him or her back to supposedly make a payment to Duke Energy. The scammer asks the customer for the prepaid debit card’s receipt number and PIN number, which grants instant access to the card’s funds.

Some of these criminals have recently adopted new tactics, using caller ID spoofing to replicate Duke Energy’s customer service number, or falsely claiming to be with a third party collection agency representing Duke Energy.

They can also become aggressive when questioned about the legitimacy of their calls, and some specifically target Spanish-speaking customers, restaurants and other small businesses.

The company urges customers who suspect or experience fraud in South Carolina to call 800-777-9898.

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