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By Henrietta J. Burroughs                Follow East Palo Alto Today on
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December 31, 2013                           
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As 2013 comes to a close, the East Palo Alto Police Department is warning local businesses and community residents to be on the look out for people who are claiming to represent PG&E.

According to the police, those running the scam are calling businesses and telling managers that their company utility service will be disconnected for non-payment, if they do not pay for their service with a Money Gram or with a payment over the phone.

Since the utility scam was used in Palo Alto a few months ago, the East Palo Alto police think that East Palo Alto business owners and residents might be next.

So, the police department is advising everyone in the community to contact PG&E if they have any questions about their utility bill. Above all, the police are telling the public not to provide telephone solicitors money grams and do not give them authorization to make monetary deductions from business or personal accounts.


Reach the author of this article, Henrietta J. Burroughs, at epatoday@epatoday.org.