Meanwhile, Scam Attempts Rising
A safety power shut off decision that could impact Oakmont will be made late afternoon today, according to a PG&E spokesperson.
Deanna Contreras, spokesperson for the utility, said weather conditions are being monitored, but a decision on shutting off power won’t be made until late afternoon. Power in Oakmont remained on Monday, but Contreras said Oakmont residents should be prepared for a possible shut off Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, scammers claiming to represent PG&E and demanding payment have increased 10 fold over last year. Reported scams involve phone calls from scammers demanding immediate payment of a bill, oftentimes having a valid PG&E number on the caller ID. Customers have also received letters in the mail on phony PG&E stationery threatening power cut off.
Contreras said the utility never makes phone calls about bills. Bills that are in arrears will generate several letters to resolve the situation. Customers should sign up for alerts and automated calls or texts about power shut offs and outages, she said.