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Suspected Utility Impersonator Confirmed as PG&E Contract Employee

A man who was possibly posing as a utility worker was determined to be a legitimate contract employee of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, according to police.

San Rafael police determined a man to be a legitimate contract employee of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, according to spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher.

In the morning of Aug. 11, a Reservoir Road resident reported to police that a man, wearing a safety vest and a lanyard around his neck, came to her door and wanted to check her gas meter.  Although he told her he was a PG & E employee, he did not provide any type of picture ID, according to Rohrbacher.

“The resident was understandably suspicious since she had not made a service request,  and refused to allow him entry into her home,” she said.

The man left in a silver SUV that had no markings on it and she provided a possible license plate number to the police.

Several people throughout Marin County called to report similar occurrences over the past week, according to Rorhbacher. In one instance a woman had taken a photo of the man’s car and the license plate.

Investigators and PG&E Security Services followed up with all the callers and confirmed on Wednesday that the man in question is a legitimate contract employee of PG&E. 

“It is common practice for PG&E to use contract employees in the field and for those employees to use their personal vehicles for business,” Rohrbacher said.

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Josh Tretakoff August 15, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Um...while outsourcing is a perfectly legitimate strategy, it would seem that a company like PG&E, who has had their share of bad PR lately, would think a bit about ensuring the trust of having people on their customers' property by not skimping on issuing ID's or official markings.
Michael August 15, 2012 at 10:03 PM
it might have been nice for PG&E to also state that it is their policy that any contractor working for them must present picture ID and credentials when a request like this is made. Also that they (PG&E) will review this policy with all current and future contractors they use to better ensure compliance. Bottom line is to use caution as has been advised here, before you allow anyone like this into your home. Ask for an ID and if none is readily provided then don't let them in and call the police. Better safe than sorry and we all need to be diligent.
Ryan Ricco-Pena August 15, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Yet another PG&E policy snafu
Kevin Moore August 18, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Contract workers is the new reality. For years, every TV cable or satellite repair person has been a contractor. None had company logo on their trucks. A huge snafu for PG&E to not acknowledge he was a legitimate worker. I use my water heater all year long. I feel sorry for the guy and the next group of contractors who make house calls.

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