Central San Joaquin Valley residents should beware of a scam involving people claiming to be employees working for Pacific Gas and Electric Co., said Madera County Sheriff John Anderson on Thursday.
Businesses and homeowners have been receiving calls from people claiming to represent PG&E, informing customers they are delinquent on a payment and if it isn't made, their power will be shut off.
"These suspects then instruct victims to purchase a money pack card and provide the suspect the card number over the phone," Anderson said. "The suspect in turn collects the money electronically."
Anderson said if anyone receives a similar call, to hang the phone up immediately. If you believe you have been targeted, you can report the scam to PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.
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