Saturday, February 8, 2014

Scam alert asking for PG&E payment, by phone or email

San Jose Mercury News/Peninsula/Bay City News Service, "Pacifica:  police warn residents of PG&E scam."

"PACIFICA -- Police in Pacifica are warning residents of a recently reported utility scam. The scam generally targets businesses, police said.  A person calls the business claiming to be a PG&E employee, informing the victim that they must immediately make a payment for an overdue bill or the service will be shut off, according to police. The businesses are asked for bank account, credit card or pre-paid debit card information to pay the bill.

Police said PG&E has also noted a similar scam conducted by email under the same pretense.

PG&E does not ask for personal or bank or credit card information over the phone, police said.  Anyone receiving suspicious calls or emails may contact PG&E customer service at (800) 743-5000 or police at (650) 738-7314." 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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