SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) -  Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning consumers throughout Northeast California to be wary of an increase in computer repair scams happening throughout the region; one Sacramento resident lost $5,000 to the scam.

Computer repair scams typically begin with a phone call, pop-up advertisement, email attachment or link.

Pop-ups will include an urgent message alleging that the computer was infected with malware, and  instruct the user to contact the computer repair company in the ad. In reality, once the “computer repair company” is contacted, they are in fact the individuals responsible for installing malware on the user’s device.

Once installed, internet criminals may have access to important information on your computer, tablet, or smartphone including:

  • Tax documents you may have saved on your device.

  • Banking passwords and other financial information.

  • Access to your email and social media accounts.

  • And to any other documents or photos you have stored.

Scam artists will attempt to legitimize their offer by spoofing legitimate companies such as Microsoft, Google, or Apple. This includes using their company logo on advertisements and emails, and spoofing the company’s phone number to appear as if the call is legitimate.

In addition to gaining access to your personal information, scam artists will oftentimes collect a fee for their services either via credit or debit card, or wire transfer. If a payment is made via prepaid debit card, gift card, or wire transfer it is almost impossible to recover your funds.

How to protect yourself:

  • Do not click on unknown links or attachments. Inspect email addresses very carefully; scam artists will attempt to mimic email addresses of well-known companies, or even those of your friends and family members in order to gain your trust. Do not click on links or attachments unless you are absolutely sure you know who the sender is.

  • Do not believe everything to see or hear. If you see a pop-up on your device, do not click on it and do not follow the instructions on your screen. Instead, turn off your device and if you believe it may have been compromised, find a local reputable computer repair service with a physical location.

  • Never send money, or personal information to people you do not know. Internet criminals and scam artists will often make a request for your money via prepaid debit card, gift card, or wire transfer. Once money is sent this way, it is almost impossible to recover.

  • Report scams when you see them. Use Better Business Bureau’s online Scam Tracker at bbb.org/scamtracker to browse, and report scams in your area.

What to do if You Have Been Scammed

Call your bank or credit card issuer and report the fraud. Change your passwords. If the scammer was given remote access to your computer, it's safe to assume they had access to all of your information, so be on the safe side and change all of your passwords, including passwords to your online banking accounts, credit card accounts, email accounts, etc. Don't trust any software installed by the scammer, it may be malware.

Even if you didn’t see them download something, they still could have placed malware on your machine.

If you are computer-savvy, you may be able to remove the malware using the guidelines provided by Microsoft or by using the directions on another reputable website. However, if you’re not sure if the malware is in your computer, or your computer is slow or otherwise acting strange after the episode, assume the worst and get help. You can search for and compare Accredited computer repair businesses at bbb.org.

Not sure you are being scammed?

Use the BBB Locator at bbb.org to contact your local Better Business Bureau.

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Under the provisions of the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision, convicted Sexually Violent Predator Christopher Lawyer was allowed to move to California and resided in Carmichael. Today, Judge Fiorini revoked his parole and ordered that state corrections officials advise Colorado officials of the court’s ruling in anticipation of Lawyer’s return. Below is a letter to Carmichael residents from Senator Nielsen, who has actively followed this case:

Sexually Violent Predator Christopher Lawyer - Return to Colorado

Dear Neighbors:

Today, residents of Carmichael can breathe a sigh of relief. Superior Judge Curtis Fiorini revoked the parole of Sexually Violent Predator Christopher Lawyer. Judge Fiorini ordered that state corrections officials advise Colorado officials of the court’s ruling in anticipation of Lawyer’s return. 

Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney Rob Gold did a masterful job in presenting overwhelming evidence to demonstrate Lawyer’s multiple violations of his parole conditions.

Lawyer will remain in jail while Secretary Scott Kernan of the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation confers with Colorado officials in order to reach agreement on the return of Mr. Lawyer.

I cannot overstate my appreciation to Mr. Gold and District Attorney Annie Marie Schubert for their leadership and dedication to keeping the people of Sacramento County safe. My thanks as well to all of you for your involvement and diligence in making certain that Carmichael remains safe and family friendly.

My staff and I will continue to monitor the situation until Mr. Lawyer is permanently removed from our community.

Sincerely,

Jim Nielsen

Senator, Fourth District

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LINCOLN, CA (MPG) - Thunder Valley Casino Resort will celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the casino on Saturday June 9th, 2018. Various promotions will be offered throughout the day, including commemorative Thunder Rewards Cards and the first day of the Camaro-A-Day Giveaway for 15 days. Additional anniversary celebration promotions will be held on June 5th, June 7th, and June 9th to June 23rd.

For 15 years Thunder Valley Casino Resort has offered award-winning services and accommodations, as well as charitable support for hundreds of non-profit organizations. In 2010 Thunder Valley expanded to include a 17-story luxury hotel with over 400 rooms, a full-service spa and a spacious outdoor pool complete with private cabanas and a poolside bar. In 2018, Thunder Valley opened a new 27 table Poker Room and a new 800 seat Bingo Hall.

Since 2011, Thunder Valley Casino Resort has been rated as a AAA Four Diamond award-winning resort. “Over the last 15 years, Thunder Valley Casino Resort has experienced significant growth and monumental success,” said Dawn Clayton, General Manager of Thunder Valley Casino Resort. “The accomplishments of our award-winning property are a true testament to our loyal guests and the hard work and dedication of our phenomenal team members. We look forward to continuing to offer exceptional amenities and services to our guests for years to come.”

To learn more about the expansions of Thunder Valley Casino Resort over the past 15 years, visit: https://youtu.be/4kHUwfVCx1c

PROMOTIONS:

The Crystal Anniversary Play and Get

Tuesday June 5th, Thursday June 7th

Guests can receive a Mikasa crystal vase once they have earned 750 points.

15th Anniversary Camaro-A-Day Giveaway

Saturday June 9th - Saturday June 23rd

At 7 p.m. every day for 15 days, a winner will be announced for the Camaro-A-Day Giveaway on the Promotions Stage. Guaranteed one winner each day!

15th Anniversary Logo Dessert Truffle

Saturday June 9th

Starting at 12 p.m., the first 3,000 guests may receive a free dessert truffle with our anniversary logo at the Main Stage. Guests must visit the self-service kiosk to print out the voucher and redeem at the Main Stage. 

15th Anniversary Commemorative Play and Get

Saturday June 9th

The first 1,500 guests to earn 150 points may receive a pair of 15th Anniversary Commemorative stemless wine glasses. Guests can start earning points towards this giveaway at 6 a.m. Printed vouchers can be redeemed at 12 p.m. at the Rewards Center.

15th Anniversary Thunder Rewards Center

Saturday June 9th

Starting at 12 p.m., commemorative Thunder Rewards Card will be distributed at the Rewards Center, available while supplies last.

15th Anniversary Commemorative T-shirt

Saturday June 9th

Approximately every 15 minutes from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. a random bank of slot machines or table games with active guest play can receive a 15th Anniversary Commemorative T-shirt.

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Starting next week, you may begin to notice a few key letters missing from your favorite brands’ logos. But don’t worry – it’s not a mistake. It’s a part of the International Missing Type campaign in which blood donation organizations across the globe unite to promote awareness around the need for blood donation.

The global outreach starts Monday, June 11 to draw attention to how a shortage of As, Bs and Os – in the alphabet or in blood supply – can have dramatic effects.

And in the case of blood donations, a shortage of any blood type could be particularly worrisome for the 4.5 million Americans who have a lifesaving blood transfusion each year.

While the campaign originally started in the United Kingdom in 2015, this year Northern California is excited to participate in the International Missing Type campaign – and BloodSource is asking local businesses and media outlets to join us in dropping the As, Bs and Os from their logos for this special event.

“We are excited to bring the global movement drawing attention to the urgency of donating blood to Northern California,” said Erin Frye, Marketing Manager at BloodSource. “Participating in this special outreach is an opportunity to highlight the importance of blood donation and show that we care about the health and well-being of our community.”

If you are interested in participating, please contact 916.453.3677 for more information and to join our list of local partners. For more information on the Missing Type campaign, visit missingtypeus.org.

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The district is offering a free Youth Mental Health First Aid training to all district staff, parents and the adult community on Saturday, June 23 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the district office, located at 3738 Walnut Avenue in Carmichael.

The interactive, eight-hour course teaches adults to identify the early warning signs of mental health challenges, including substance use, in young people between the ages of 12 and 18. Participants will increase their understanding of the importance of early intervention and learn to use a five-step action plan to help adolescents who may be developing signs of a mental health challenge or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Lunch and light refreshments will be provided. Participants must attend all eight hours to receive a certificate and CEUs, if applicable. The certificate indicates you have been certified in Mental Health First Aid USA for Youth and is valid for three years.

To register, contact Gaylon Johnson, at gaylon.johnson@sanjuan.edu or at (916) 979-8611. A flier is available with additional details.

Source: San Juan Unified School District

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California State Parks Invites Visitors to Recreate Safely and Responsibly in 2018

By California Department of Parks and Recreation  |  2018-06-01

Safety tips and information on laws can be found online at www.parks.ca.gov/safetytips.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) -  California State Parks invites new or avid outdoor enthusiasts to invent their adventures this year within the nation’s largest state park system. Memorial Day weekend kicked off the busiest time of the year for the 280 state parks, drawing large crowds of visitors. Whether they plan on biking, hiking, surfing, recreating on a boat or off-highway vehicle, exploring the desert or redwoods, or simply enjoying time with friends and family, it is important for them to plan ahead and learn about the parks they are visiting.

Safety tips and information on laws can be found online at www.parks.ca.gov/safetytips. Below are some outdoor tips:

General Tips

Rules/Laws: Take the time to visit the webpage of the park you plan on visiting and learn about the rules, such as parking, if dogs are allowed and closed areas. It is also important to learn the laws for recreating in boats and/or off-highway vehicles (OHV). Cell Phones: Do not rely on your phones. Coverage can be spotty or nonexistent. Weather: Check the weather and bring appropriate clothing to fit the season. Itinerary: No matter what type of recreation activity you will be participating in, leave an itinerary of your trip with a family member/friend with information such as name/age of all participants, travel destination and expected return date. This will ensure law enforcement personnel have a better understanding of your location in the event of a rescue. Safety: Carry a first aid kit and dress appropriately for your outdoor adventure. Avoid alcohol. It is against the law to operate a boat or off-highway vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more. Use the buddy system and hike with a friend or family member. Always make sure you have plenty of water and snacks with you. Keep It Clean: Pack it in and pack it out. Wildlife: View wildlife from a distance. Never feed or touch them.

Water Recreation

Protect Your Loved Ones: Know your limits. Swimming in a lake, ocean or river is different than swimming in a pool. If someone is in distress, seek help from a lifeguard or call 9-1-1 if one is not available. Ocean Rip Currents: If you get caught in one, stay calm and do not fight the current. Swim or float parallel to the shore until you are out of the current and then swim toward the shore. Swimming: Never swim alone and be cautious at unguarded beaches, lakes and rivers. Whenever possible, swim at a lifeguard protected beach. Wear a properly-fitted life jacket: Always check the label for correct use and size. Wearing one can increase survival time and provide some thermal protection against the onset of cold water shock. It can also keep you afloat until someone can rescue you. Actively supervise children at all times: Appoint a designated “water watcher,” taking turns with other adults. Do not assume that someone is watching them. Do not enter the water if it is too cold: Waterways continue to rise as snow melts and can be dangerously cold and swift. Even the strongest swimmers can be stunned by cold water and become incapacitated.

Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation

Equipment: Use proper equipment such as protective clothing, goggles, a proper helmet, gloves and spark arrester. Natural Resources: Tread lightly and stay on designated trails.

Camping & Hiking

Map Guides: Get a map of the area you will be camping or hiking. Natural Resources: Stay on designated trails. You are not only protecting natural resources, but you are also ensuring that you do not get lost. Snakes: Be cautious of where you are stepping. If you see a snake, maintain a distance of 6 feet. Most bites occur when people get too close or try to touch them.

With over 340 miles of coastline, 970 miles of lake and river frontage, 15,000 campsites, and 4,500 miles of trails, California State Parks contains the largest and most diverse recreational, natural, and cultural heritage holdings of any state agency in the nation. More than 67 million people annually visit California’s state park system. Invent your adventure online atwww.parks.ca.gov.

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Local Fishing Team Takes on the Delta

By Rich Peters, MPG Editor  |  2018-06-01

Mike Bugliarello and Gabe Luna finished in third place with a total of 15.99 pounds, but it was Bugliarello’s 9.09 pounder that took top big fish honors. Photo by Barry Sibert

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - The Folsom Bass Team took on the Delta waters on a perfect spring day for a fishing tournament. Boats were launched and fish were weighed in at the Delta Loop’s B&W Resort for the team’s May tournament.

Jerry Lawler and Marshal Smith took home first place honors with a big fish of 7.27 pounds and a total weight of 22.03 pounds.

Tom Manley and Michael Allen placed in second with a big fish of 5.40 pounds and a total of 19.96. Allen credited Manley for his familiarity with the waters. “He took us to the right spot,” said Allen.

Mike Bugliarello and Gabe Luna finished in third place with a total of 15.99 pounds, but it was Bugliarello’s 9.09 pounder that took top big fish honors.

Overall, the 19 boats and 38 fishermen caught 88 fish combining for 207.25 pounds on the day, averaging 2.36 pounds per fish.

Ryan McGinnis currently ranks atop the team’s Angler of the Year standings, followed by Pat Rounds and Mike Bugliarello. With their second place finish, Michael Allen and Tom Manley have moved into the top 10 overall and now rank eighth and tenth place, respectively.

“The Folsom Bass Team started in 1988 as a group of Folsom prison guards who had a passion for bass fishing. In fact, the club meetings used to be held at the prison itself,” according to the team’s mission statement. “Since its humble beginnings the membership has grown and we now have members of all skill level and age. FBT’s mission is to provide its members opportunities to learn about bass fishing in our local area through monthly meetings and tournaments. We emphasize the camaraderie and fun that comes from the sport of bass fishing.”

Now in its 30th year, the team has seen a lot of faces come and go throughout the decades, but one thing remains the same – no one reveals any secrets. “We were all tight lipped back then,” said Kris Sisto, an original member and former correctional officer himself. “Now, everybody lies.”

The team’s next tournament is a two day event on June 2 and 3 at Lake Shasta’s Bridge Bay.

For more information visit www.folsombassteam.com.

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