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Napa Scam Alert! PG&E Fraudsters Possibly Going Door-to-Door

A tipster alerted the Napa Police Department Tuesday afternoon about two men in the area of Soscol and Pueblo avenues claiming they can lower PG&E bills, police said.
  
The two males appeared to be going door-to-door and were described as African-American, the police said, adding that this is a heads-up alert only, as no formal police calls regarding these individuals are logged. 

PG&E has warned of multiple scams -- including a recent incident in Antioch, police said.

Antioch residents were alerted to a door-to-door scam involving two African-American males in their 20s wearing bright yellow jackets and badges and going to Antioch homes claiming to be able to lower PG&E bills, police said.

PG&E offers the following tips to help protect customers from potential scams:
 
• PG&E’s Credit Department will not ask for personal information or a credit card number over the phone. Anyone who has received such a phone call and provided credit card or checking account information should report it immediately to the credit card company or bank and law enforcement.
 
• Customers with concerns about the legitimacy of a call about a past due bill, service request or request for personal information are encouraged to call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000. 

• Customers should always ask to see identification before allowing anyone claiming to be a PG&E representative inside their home. PG&E employees always carry their identification and are willing to show it to you.
 
• If a person claiming to be a PG&E employee has identification and you still feel uncomfortable, call PG&E’s customer service line at 1-800-743-5000 to verify an appointment and/or PG&E’s presence in the community. If you feel threatened in any way, notify local law enforcement immediately.
 
• Customers who have an appointment with PG&E will receive an automated call back within 48 hours prior to a scheduled visit, or a personal call from a PG&E gas service representative prior to a scheduled visit.

PG&E also recently learned of an email scam targeting residents across the United States.

The utility has received calls from people, both within its service area and outside of it, reporting that they have received suspicious emails that appeared to be bills sent by PG&E.

This is similar to email and phone scams that have been happening recently throughout the country involving several utilities.
 
“It’s unacceptable that someone is trying to take advantage of our customers and others,” said Helen Burt, senior vice president and Chief Customer Officer for PG&E. “We take our customers’ security very seriously and under no circumstances would we email anyone to request that they provide personal information without first logging into My Energy or calling us.” 

If a customer receives one of these emails requesting information about their account, they should delete and take the following precautions:
 
• DO NOT respond to the request 
• DO NOT click on any links in the email 
• DO NOT open any attachments 
• DO NOT provide any personal information 
• Report these contacts to CorporateSecurity@pge.com 
 
For more information, visit http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/ and www.pgecurrents.com.
Julio J March 27, 2014 at 12:57 AM
Actually, a while ago a black guy did come knocking on my door telling me he was with some company that helps lower PG&E bills. Just like the Nixle e-mail I received about it, he was also wearing a neon yellow vest and was really interested in looking at my bill. I did not show it to him and told him and sent him on his way. Unlike the e-mail, he was by himself. I do live on a block with Soscol on one side. I guess it's just better to not open the door to anyone unless they have an appointment or a warrant.
lisamay37 March 27, 2014 at 03:20 AM
Yesterday a black man came to my for too, he wanted the 3rd page of my bill. I didn't let him in and I told him I throw it away. He said that's ok I'll be back monthly! Kinda creepy!!!
sherwood1993 March 27, 2014 at 07:47 PM
A man about 6'2" half black half white came claiming to be PG&E. he asked about our bill and reducing it. my husband said he didn't pay bills and the man said he would be back at 6 to talk to me. My husband called the police and they were sending someone to search the area.

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