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PG&E warns of scam emails

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From page A12 | January 12, 2014 |

PG&E is warning of an email scam targeting residents across the United States. The utility has received calls from people, both within its service area and outside of it, reporting that they have received suspicious emails that appeared to be bills sent by PG&E.

“We take our customers’ security very seriously and under no circumstances would we email anyone to request that they provide personal information without first logging into My Energy or calling us,” said Helen Burt, senior vice president and chief customer officer for PG&E.

If a customer receives one of these emails requesting information about their account, they should delete and take the following precautions, Burt said:

* Do not respond to the request;
* Do not click on any links in the email;
* Do not open any attachments;
* Do not provide any personal information; and
* Report these contacts to CorporateSecurity@pge.com.

PG&E is investigating the situation along with the appropriate authorities. The company says there has been no security breach and the information referenced in the email message is not legitimate.

PG&E says its credit department will not ask for personal information or a credit card number over the phone. Anyone who has received such a phone call and provided credit card or checking account information should report it immediately to the credit card company or bank and law enforcement.

Customers with concerns about the legitimacy of a call about a past due bill, service request or request for personal information are encouraged to call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.

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