PACIFICA (CBS SF) — Police in Pacifica were warning residents of a recently reported utility scam.

The scam generally targets businesses, police said.

A person calls the business claiming to be a PG&E employee, informing the victim that they must immediately make a payment for an overdue bill or the service will be shut off, according to police.

The businesses were asked for bank account, credit card or pre-paid debit card information to pay the bill.

Police said PG&E has also noted a similar scam conducted by email under the same pretense.

PG&E does not ask for personal or bank or credit card information over the phone, police said.

Anyone receiving suspicious calls or emails may contact PG&E customer service at (800) 743-5000 or police at (650) 738-7314.

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