Beware of phone calls with a suspect identifying themselves as a representative from PG&E or another utility company, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), or a law enforcement agency.
Examples of Current Scams:
PG&E or other utility – The suspect will advise that you are delinquent on a payment and that the power/water/etc. will be turned off immediately unless payment is made over the phone.
IRS – The suspect will advise you that you are delinquent on income taxes and they will threaten to contact Immigration Services regarding your illegal residency status unless payment is made over the phone.
Law Enforcement Agency – The suspect will advise you that you have a warrant issued for your arrest and that you will be arrested immediately unless payment is made over the phone.
The suspect will then direct you to obtain a “Green Dot,” “MoneyPak,” “Vanilla Card,” or other means to conduct a wire payment.
***NEVER PROVIDE PERSONAL INFORMATION OR PAYMENT FROM UNSOLICITED CALLS***