In two reported cases this week, callers threatened to shut off power to the businesses unless the owners made a quick payment using pre-paid debit cards available at
The victims later contacted PG&E and discovered that the callers did not represent the power company. The businesses, which the department did not identify, lost
DeVore said he heard a report of a similar case just outside the city, though that business did not fall for the fraud. Police in other parts of the
It's not clear where the calls originated or how the callers knew the details of the local
Anyone with information, or who has been a victim of a similar scam, may contact DeVore at 829-4400.
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