With the tax filing deadline approaching, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company is warning its customers to protect themselves from an increase in scams involving people posing as PG&E employees.

The IRS reports that scammers are impersonating utility workers to try to steal financial information from unsuspecting victims to file fraudulent tax returns in their names and then collect their refunds. The imposters are stealing money from customers by contacting them to ask for immediate payment to avoid service disconnection, often preying on seniors, low-income families, non-English speakers, and small business owners.

“We urge customers to be extra vigilant during this time as criminals will use the tax filing deadline to create fear and scam unsuspecting victims, especially when a group of people is vulnerable or in a…

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