SAN MATEO, CA — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. warned customers in San Mateo and beyond to remain vigilant after 2,700 scam attempts were reported to the utility since June.
Scam attempts peaked during the coronavirus pandemic, and scams in person, over the phone or in text messages and emails “have become increasingly deceptive,” PG&E said in a statement.
Scammers asked their targets for immediate payment to avoid disconnecting electric and gas service. They often target older adults, people who do not speak English fluently, people in lower-income communities or businesses operating during peak hours.
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“While scammers will frequently target more vulnerable populations, we want to remind all of our customers of the importance of being vigilant and to provide our customers with the information and tools they need to avoid being the victim of a payment scam,” said Matt Foley, PG&E…