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Moraga Police Chief Warns Residents of PG&E Phone Scam

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    Scammers will try to suck money out of anyone - apparently even a police chief.

    Moraga Police Chief Jon King recently learned that some of his residents were getting calls related to an electric bill scam. So he decided to investigate.

    He called the reported scammer's number, and the suspect asked for King's address.

    King gave him the address for Moraga police headquarters. The scammer then told King that the electric bill at his residence was overdue and he owed $498.76.

    "Suffice to say that our PG&E bill has already been paid in full and this is not a residence," King said in a news release Thursday.

    King didn't figure out who the scammer was, but he did get more details about the scam.

    The scammers play a "very realistic recording" and then someone answers the phone and tells the caller to buy a MoneyPak card for the amount supposedly owed.

    King said residents can avoid the scammers by only calling the number on their PG&E bill if they think it's overdue.

    "Do not fall for this scam," he said.

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