Be aware of ongoing telephone and e-mail scams. Telephone and e-mail scams are ongoing. For your protection, learn how to spot a potential scam and report it.
PG&E customers report telephone scams with calls that show PG&E on the caller ID, 1-800-743-5000. Or, the caller may falsely claim to represent PG&E.
Some of the fraudulent calls have included:
· Telling customers they are entitled to a PG&E refund and/or discount, a federal tax refund, or owe past-due balances to PG&E. The caller will attempt to obtain your PG&E account number and other personal information.
· Trying to sell a service such as a solar evaluation.
· Claiming a power shutoff is imminent and asking for personal information to determine if customer’s address will be impacted.
· Claiming to represent a PG&E initiative so they can sell a product or gain entrance to your home.
Be aware that scammers can disguise their true phone numbers or simply claim to be from PG&E. Officials warn that PG&E is not making these calls.
PG&E never asks for your financial information over the phone. False financial requests like this should be treated as scams.
The PG&E Corporate Security Department and the authorities are investigating all reported scams.
If you have doubts about an incoming call from PG&E, hang up and call the PG&E Customer Service number: 1-833-500-SCAM (1-833-500-7226).
Hispanic business customers report telephone scams warning that their electric service will be disconnected unless they make a payment through a prepaid cash card such as the Green Dot card. PG&E is not making these calls. PG&E never asks for an immediate payment with a prepaid cash card over the phone or in person. False financial requests like this should be treated like scams.
PG&E customers report receiving suspicious emails that appeared to be bills sent by PG&E. These bills are fictitious and should be treated like scams.
If you receive a suspected scam email, email: ScamReporting@pge.com.
The following are tips to help protect you from potential scams:
· Safeguard your personal information and credit card numbers by avoiding giving the information out over the phone. If you gave someone your credit card or checking account information over the phone, report it to the credit card company or bank and law enforcement.
· Beware of emails requesting your personal information. PG&E takes customer security very seriously. They do not email anyone requesting that they provide personal information without first logging into your online PG&E account or calling us.
· Call PG&E at 1-833-500-SCAM (1-833-500-7226) if you’re concerned about the legitimacy of a call about a past due bill, service request or request for personal information.
· Ask to see identification before letting anyone who claims to be a PG&E representative inside your home. PG&E employees always carry their identification and are always willing to show it to you.
· Call the PG&E Customer Service line at 1-833-500-SCAM (1-833-500-7226) if a person claiming to be an employee shows identification and you still feel uncomfortable. We will verify an appointment and/or the presence of PG&E in the community. If you still feel threatened, notify local law enforcement.
You will receive an automated or personal call from a gas service representative from PG&E prior to a scheduled visit.
For more information on scams targeting PG&E customers, go to www.pge.com.