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Police Warn of Woman Posing as PG&E Worker

Newark police are advising residents to be cautious after a woman posed as a PG&E worker to gain access to resident’s backyard. 

Nothing was taken and no one was harmed during the incident, but police are calling the case suspicious.

According to Newark police, the incident occurred at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday when a resident reported that a woman knocked at her door and claimed to be a PG&E employee. The woman asked for access to the backyard to take measurements for a gas line project.

The resident escorted the woman to the backyard and realized that the she did not have a PG&E uniform or vehicle, but did have a plastic PG&E logo card dangling from a lanyard on her neck.

Because of recent burglaries, the resident decided to call PG&E.

PG&E was “unable to verify that this subject was a legitimate PG&E employee,” according to Newark Police Department.

Residents can call PG&E’s customer service line to confirm appointments or PG&E’s presence in their neighborhood at 1-800-PGE-5000.

Anyone with information about this incident or any other suspicious activity are asked to contact Newark police’s non-emergency line at 510-578-4237. Anonymous tips can also be left on the “silent witness” hotline at 510-578-4000, extension 500.


Shimadog May 17, 2013 at 10:04 PM
She just wanted to see the water heater and "light his fire."
Tara Adams May 24, 2013 at 03:52 PM
PG&E has an Energy Partners Program as well, these people sometimes say they're from PG&E, but really they are contracted from another company through PG&E and usually have a lanyard with their pic and pge logo along with it saying energy partners program.
Chrissy Mounsey Callahan May 26, 2013 at 12:37 AM
I had a gal come by yesterday. She had a lanyard from one of these supposed energy partners. Unless I hear from pge that other companies might be coming by and that its legal no way am I giving access or any of my info. Seems suspicious to me especially the way she hussled away..was mid day on a Friday when most people wouldn't be home from work yet. Look out for scams!

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