Bakersfield police have been receiving numerous calls regarding a variety of scams and are urging the public to be careful.
Police said never provide unsolicited personal identifying information over the phone, don't send money based on a request made over the phone or on the Internet, don't purchase a pre-paid debit card and give the information to a caller and do your own research on the agency or institution the caller claims to be representing.
Once a scammer is sent money it can't be recovered.
Jose Luis Garcia Villa, 22, of MichoacÃ¡n, Mexico, has been sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison for his involvement in a toxic marijuana cultivation operation in the Sequoia National Forest.
Federico Garcia Garcia, 45, of Arvin, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of filing false claims with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in connection with a scheme to obtain tax refunds.
A big rig was involved in an injury crash on Interstate 5 and went off the roadway and into an oil pumping rig Monday afternoon.
A Monday afternoon storage shed fire south of downtown that spread to three cars was controlled by Bakersfield firefighters before it could damage two nearby homes.
A group of Kern County firefighters spent 24 hours straight battling the Sand Fire in Northern California before getting a rest Monday.
Police arrested three people following a gang-related shooting Sunday afternoon south of downtown.
An inmate convicted of cocaine possession with intent to distribute went missing from Taft Correctional Institution over the weekend.
A 62-year-old woman struck by a train last week died from blunt force trauma, according to a coroner's office news release.
A DUI/driver's license checkpoint Saturday resulted in two DUI arrests and 12 drivers without a valid license, including two driving on a suspended license.
Police arrested a man in connection with falsely reporting a man armed with a gun was outside Kern County Superior Court Friday afternoon.
A fire in a south Bakersfield home caused $200,000 in damage before being brought under control by Bakersfield firefighters Sunday afternoon.
A fire that began Sunday afternoon with an electrical short in the attic caused $3,000 damage to a south Bakersfield home.