Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said a letter circulating on social media about an outage this week is fake. (The Associated Press file)

A letter circulating on social media that is purportedly alerting customers to a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. shutoff this week is “fraudulent,” an email from a PG&E spokesperson said Monday.

“This letter is a fake and there is no such outage or Public Safety Power Shutoff planned,” an email from Deanna Contreras stated. “This letter has been widely shared on social media and indicates an extended county-wide outage.”

There is no planned outage for Fortuna between Oct. 16-19, the letter states. PG&E has its “corporate security department” looking into the letter and where it originated.

The utility did say it does shut power off when it is making repairs as part of regular maintenance. It will notify customers in advance of that work.

“In order for crews to safely make repairs, we have to de-energize the line in targeted areas,” the letter states. “Customers will receive a letter several days in advance directly to their address we have on file.”

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