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Phone call scams claim to offer utility deals

Original post made on Nov 25, 2012

Two scams targeting Palo Alto utilities customers are circulating around the city, and the City of Palo Alto Utilities Department is alerting residents to beware.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Nov 25, 2012 at 8:12 am

The other day a man walked up my driveway as I was playing with the kids handed me his supposed palo alto business card and told me the city was doing a utility upgrade. He asked for my phone number to make an appointment. I did not give it to him. I asked him to have the city contact me via phone. He himself did not look fishy and I almost believed him, but I thought just to be safe.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 25, 2012 at 9:18 am

Any time I get a junk phone call that mentions P G & E I put the phone down. I seem to get a load of calls that mention P G & E.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Nov 25, 2012 at 9:51 am

I am constantly getting phone calls trying to sell me "AT&T U-Verse". I tell them I have no interest in that product, but they keep calling, at least once a week for the past year. Is this a scam, too?

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 25, 2012 at 11:39 am

NO AT&T U-Vere is legit, but I am annoyed to receive several pieces of mail as well as frequent phone calls trying to secure our business. We use another vendor, and find the massive sales effort very wasteful.

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 25, 2012 at 11:39 am

I meant: several pieces of ad mail PER WEEK from these folks.

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Posted by Horselady
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 27, 2012 at 10:16 am

We get 2-3 calls PER DAY!

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