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Friday, May 10, 2013

Watch Out for Those Fake PG&E Workers Scamming You

Posted By on Fri, May 10, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Hang up!
  • Hang up!

San Francisco police are warning everyone to be skeptical when getting a phone call from a PG&E representative.

There's a scam going around where crooks pose as PG&E reps or sometimes the Water Department, demanding payment for overdue bills.

According to police, the faux workers contact innocent people by phone, claim their bills are overdue and that their electricity (or water) will be shut off within an hour unless payment is received.

The "reps" stipulate only one method of payment is accepted: Money-Pak.

The victims are ordered to head to a local convenient store, get a Money-Pak and then call back the number the thief has given them. Once the victim calls back, the "reps" order the victim to read the Money-Pak account number, thus giving them the cash.

The "reps" give the victim a confirmation number before the call is terminated.

By the way, neither utility company ever asks for payment in this manner and has confirmed that the calls are bogus.

So now you know, and next time you get a call from a Money-Pak demanding PG&E worker, just hang up and call the cops.

Also, now might be a good time to go pay your bills before they really are overdue.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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