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Family urging San Diegans to be aware of a possible new SDG&E scam

Posted at 5:54 PM, Apr 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-15 21:22:16-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV)— A Poway family is urging people to be aware of a possible new scam that may be luring people away from their homes.

One resident says she was almost tricked by a caller who claimed to be an SDG&E employee.

A voicemail was left for the Chavez family, saying crews needed to do some work on equipment in the area. It stated, “It requires a helicopter. The helicopter is required from the FAA to have certain properties, like yourself, evacuate the home.”

Katharine Chavez says she called the company to confirm.

“(They) said let me check your area and came back and said there’s no work planned in your area.”

Chavez says she wants to make sure others don’t fall victim to scammers.

“It's scary, and you work hard for your stuff,” said Chavez. “To have someone come in and try to take what you work for, or your neighbors, just go out and make your own money.”

SDG&E says under FAA regulations they are required to notify residents and evacuate homes for special construction projects, such as transporting a new utility pole by helicopter.

The company says you should always ask for SDG&E identification if you have suspicions about a worker coming to your home.