SANTA CRUZ – Pacific Gas & Electric Co. reported that at least 25 scam attempts have happened in Santa Cruz since June.

Throughout California PG&E has reported more than 2,700 scam attempts. Scammers have hit larger metro areas such as San Francisco and Fresno, much harder, but also target cities such as Salinas and Santa Cruz.

Scammers pose as PG&E agents in order to steal money from unsuspecting customers, according to a press release from the utility provider. However, that number only represents reported instances. The true number is likely to be higher, the release added.

Scammers will attempt to get anyone’s information such as their full name, address, utility account number and banking information, the Santa Cruz Police Department said in a statement. Scammers can use that information to access someone’s bank account, open new bank accounts, take out loans, open credit cards or purchase phone plans or other contracted services in that…

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