There is a fraudulent letter being received by some Humboldt residents about a scheduled power outage this week. The letter is NOT from PG&E and no outage is scheduled.— Humboldt Co OES (@HumCoOES) October 14, 2019
We are aware that letters are being received by some Humboldt County residents ambiguously notifying three counties of a power outage scheduled for three days, October 16-19. This is a fake letter modeled after the real letters that PG&E sends to customers when there is a scheduled outage in their area. I asked PG&E to confirm all scheduled outages in Humboldt County, when they are scheduled, and in what areas. So far, I am aware of one short-term maintenance outage on October 27, and such scheduled outages typically affect a smaller area for only a few hours.
This is the statement that PG&E will be issuing:
“There is a fraudulent PG&E letter alerting customers of an upcoming planned outage for maintenance work, starting on the 16th, which indicates it could impact several counties. This letter is a fake and there is no such outage or Public Safety Power Shutoff planned. This letter has been widely shared on social media and indicates an extended county-wide outage.
PG&E does routinely schedule planned power outages for maintenance. In order for crews to safety make repairs, we have to de-energize the line in targeted areas. Customers will receive a letter several days in advance directly to their address we have on file.
In addition, the letter in question has a return address of Fortuna. Again, there is not a planned outage scheduled for Fortuna for October 16-19.
We have our Corporate Security department looking into the origins of the letter. Thank you.”