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By Max Dolberg/ZUMApress.com
By The Bakersfield Californian
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. warned Thursday of an email scam across the country in which someone is sending out what appear to be bills sent by PG&E -- but are not.
The utility indicated in a news release that the scammers are requesting information about their accounts. It's advising people not to respond to the request, click on any links in the email, open any attachments or provide any personal information.
PG&E urges people to report any such emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The company says it's investigating the situation along with appropriate authorities and there has been no security breach. It also offered additional tips to avoid being scammed:
* PG&E's credit department will not ask for personal information or a credit card number over the phone. Anyone who has received such a phone call and provided credit card or checking account information should report it immediately to the credit card company or bank and law enforcement.
* Customers with concerns about the legitimacy of a call about a past due bill, service request or request for personal information are encouraged to call PG&E at 800-743-5000.
* Customers should always ask to see identification before allowing anyone claiming to be a PG&E representative inside their home. PG&E employees always carry their identification and are willing to show it to you.
* If a person claiming to be a PG&E employee has identification and you still feel uncomfortable, call PG&E's customer service line at 800-743-5000 to verify an appointment and/or PG&E's presence in the community. If you feel threatened in any way, notify local law enforcement immediately.
* Customers who have an appointment with PG&E will receive an automated call back within 48 hours prior to a scheduled visit, or a personal call from a PG&E gas service representative prior to a scheduled visit.
An "outlook event" on the California high-speed rail project will be held 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Beale Library, 701 Truxtun Ave. in Bakersfield.
Speakers include Jeff Morales, CEO of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, and Peter Osborn, senior project manager with the Federal Railroad Administration.
The public is invited to attend the free event. Topics include a project update and local contract and job opportunities tied to it.
Kaiser Permanente will hold workshops next week to fill groups in on its community grants and sponsorships.
Workshops will be held from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday and from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at 5055 California Ave., Suite 110, in the first floor conference room. Email Kristin.N.Weber@kp.org to RSVP.
Kaiser gives out grants of up to $25,000 to local nonprofit health and human service organizations, a news release said.
Grants and sponsorships are given to groups that offer services in these categories:
* Programs that increase access to primary care, specialty care and mental health care services.
* Programs that reduce and treat obesity and focus on prevention through healthy eating and physical activity.
* Programs that address prevention and treatment of chronic conditions, specifically asthma, cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
Requests from international, social or recreational clubs will not be considered, nor will requests for individuals, religious purposes, partisan political activities, endowments or memorials, walks or runs, or sports teams and tournaments, the news release said.