SF: Police warn residents of utility payment scams

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)

San Francisco police are alerting the public about a recent series of scams.

The suspects of the scams are posing as PG&E or San Francisco Water Department employees demanding payments for overdue bills, according to police.

The suspects call potential victims and claim their bills are overdue, threatening to cancel services unless a payment is received, police said.

Victims are told in the scam the only form of payment is by Money-Pak. When the victim calls a number given by the suspect and supplies the Money-Pak account number, the suspect gains access to the funds, gives a confirmation number, and hangs up, police said.

Neither PG&E nor the city’s water department requests payments this way, police said.

Anyone who gets this type of call is asked to file a police report.

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