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AMP Warns Customers of Door-to-Door Scam
Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) is warning Alamedans of a scam targeting its customers. The utility has recently received reports that individuals are knocking on customers’ doors and impersonating AMP employees.

The individuals are requesting bank information from customers, saying they need to make changes to electric meters. The scammers are also telling customers that they will be charged a $120 fine if they do not provide their financial information, according to reports.

This scam is occurring as AMP contractors are installing smart meters at customers’ homes and businesses across the island. In addition, representatives from AMP’s renewable energy program, Alameda Green, are currently reaching out to customers in person. Here are tips on how you can tell the difference between AMP contractors and scammers:
  • AMP is installing meters across the island through December 2017. Our meter installation contractor is Professional Meters, Inc. (PMI). Please note that AMP’s installers wear PMI uniforms and carry AMP-issued ID badges.
  • There is no additional charge to customers when smart meters are installed.
  • AMP representatives will never knock on customers’ doors to ask for bank information and credit card or debit card numbers.
  • Alameda Green associates have AMP contractors’ badges. They wear black shirts that display both AMP and Alameda Green logos.
  • For verification that a visitor is from an AMP representative, you can ask to see their badge.
If you have any doubts or concerns that a visitor represents AMP, you can call AMP at 510-748-3900 to check on the individual.

If anyone demands immediate payment on your account, be suspicious.  If you suspect you have become a victim of this scam, AMP recommends that you immediately call Alameda Police Department to file a report. Alameda Police can be reached at 510-337-8340. Find more information at www.alamedamp.com/scams.
2nd Annual Veterans Job & Resource Fair
In honor of Veterans Day 2017, the USS Hornet Museum is hosting a 2nd Annual Job & Resource Fair for veterans, military families and active military soon to be transitioning to civilian jobs. This event is an opportunity to meet face-to-face with top Bay Area companies from a cross-section of industries ready to hire. Even if you are not familiar with a company or hiring agency, still visit their booth as they may have the right job waiting for you at their corporate office despite being, for example, a retail company. Visit our website before the big day to see which employers are participating. Bring copies of your resume, pens and confirmation of your registration. Come ready to be interviewed. Registering is important for faster on-boarding and to give us an accurate head count for refreshments and supplies. Your registration provides an opportunity to tour the ship in between seeing recruiters, as well as admission on Saturday, November 11th for Veterans Day. Due to security reasons, please do not bring large bags or backpacks if at all possible with you. Please share this opportunity with other veterans and military spouses you know looking for work. Thank you. FAQs Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event? I.D. required to match name on registration. Bring your military card or form DD214 (if you still have it), just in case an employer or service provider asks. You may register at the door but we strongly encourage advance registration so we know you are attending. What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? Free parking lot in front of the ship, including many handicap stalls. There will be a free shuttle from the College of Alameda to the ship. How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Outreach@uss-hornet.org. For more information about the museum, visit www.uss-hornet.org. Dress code? If at all possible, dress professionally as if going on an interview. If planning to explore other parts of the ship beyond the Hangar Deck, we discourage wearing open toe shoes for your safety as reaching those decks or levels will require using a ladder. Is there a free shuttle? Yes! Michael's Transportation (one of the employers participating) will run a free shuttle on a continuous loop between the Admin Building of the College of Alameda to the Hornet and back again. This location is near the corner of Webster Street and Atlantic Avenue, a major stop for buses in Alameda.