If you receive a call from someone threatening to shut off your power unless you follow their instructions to buy a prepaid money card, you’re talking to a scam artist, said Madera County Sheriff John Anderson on Thursday.
Recently, customers across the Central Valley have received calls from people claiming to represent the Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Anderson said, who tell victims that they are delinquent on their energy bills and their power will be shut off without immediate action.
“These callers are targeting both businesses and homeowners,” Anderson said.
The scam starts with the phone call and once their target is hooked, Anderson said the suspects “instruct victims to purchase a [prepaid] card and provide the suspect the card number over the phone. The suspect in turn collects the money electronically.” ...