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PG&E warns of phone scam targeting local businesses

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Local businesses are being warned by PG&E about a telephone scam that, while not new, has been increasing recently in San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara counties.

The scam is said to mainly involve local restaurants, hotels, and other businesses, who are reportedly being contacted by someone demanding immediate payment for electricity bills the caller says are past due.

Officials say PG&E never asks customers for immediate payment with a prepaid cash card, whether over the phone or in person.

They also offer the following advice:

 ·         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 concerned 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 800-743-5000.

·         Customers always should 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.

Click here to learn more about other scams that have been reported in our area.

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