Pranksters create fake PG&E website with phony press release

ByEmily Burns KGO logo
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Pranksters create fake PG&E website
A fake press release posted to the site stated that their former president was donating millions of dollars to Camp Fire Victims.

SAN FRANCISCO -- An elaborate prank was played on PG&E Wednesday when a fake news release was published on a fake website.

The site and news release look similar to PG&E's, though the URL is slightly different from the utility's actual site.

The document says former President and Chief Operating Officer Geisha Williams was donating $2.5 million to Camp Fire victims.

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We emailed the address for press inquiries that was listed on the release - that generated a response - which thanked us for our inquiry and to please call a number for more information.

That number actually belongs to PG&E.

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We called the utility, and their officials said the story is fake and they're looking into it.

This comes as PG&E plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to help them deal with liability from wildfires.

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