Police warn residents of phone, email scam

Piedmont police want to make people aware of a phone and email scam that some residents have experienced.

Over the past two months, people posing as IRS agents or who claim to represent another law enforcement agency have called residents and demanded an immediate transfer of cash, which the suspect claims is owed to a specific agency. The suspect tells the victims that to avoid being arrested they must send cash to a particular address or that they must call back and provide their credit or debit card information.

Police say they wish to remind residents that the IRS and other law enforcement agencies do not initiate contact with citizens by email or phone to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. They also do not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts.

Anyone who receives one of these calls or an email should not answer questions, give out any personal information, open any email attachment or click on any links contained in the message, police said. For information, visit the IRS website at http://www.irs.gov or the California Attorney General's website at http://oag.ca.gov. If you are a Piedmont resident and you believe you are the victim of one of these phone calls, call 510-420-3000.


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-- Peter Hegarty, Staff

New donation bin for Dress Best for Less

Donations of nonbreakable household items and resalable clothing in good condition may be dropped off any time at the new locked donation bin of Dress Best for Less at 799 Magnolia Ave. in Piedmont.

The store at 3861 Piedmont Ave. in Oakland, also offers ski wear, boots and skis for the upcoming season at bargain prices. All proceeds go to benefit the Piedmont Education Foundation. Dress Best for Less is open from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. For more information call the store at 510-658-8525.

-- Linda Davis

Public invited to city's CIP meeting on Aug. 5

Residents may weigh in on proposed capital improvement projects (CIP) for the city by attending the Aug. 5 CIP meeting to be held at the City Hall conference room, 120 Vista Ave., Piedmont.

They may also contact commission liaison and Vice Mayor Jeff Wieler at 510-428-1648 or Parks and Project Manager Mark Feldkamp at 510-420-3064.

-- Linda Davis

Piedmont Harvest Festival returns Sept. 28

The 16th annual Piedmont Harvest Festival returns to Piedmont Park this year on Sept. 28, bringing with it old favorites and new attractions.

There will be the "edibles" contest for foods grown and/or cooked locally, a Farmer's Market, Jazz Festival, Scarecrows, Fix-It Clinic, green games and the Tri-School Carnival. New this year at the festival will be food trucks and vendors along Highland Avenue and an art show featuring works by Bay Area artists.

Artists interested in securing a spot to exhibit and sell their works at the festival should contact Chairman Jerry Miller at roseave@pacbell.net or 510-547-8894.

The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28. Last year, more than 1,500 people attended the festival. For more details, go to www.piedmontharvestfestival.org.

-- Linda Davis

Movies in September at Piedmont Park

The Piedmont Recreation Department is hosting free family movies in Piedmont Park on Sept. 12 and Sept. 26.

The movies begin at dusk and end at approximately 10 p.m. at Piedmont Park, 711 Highland Ave. Bring snacks and low lawn chairs to enjoy the family-friendly movies. For details on movies being screened, call the Recreation Department at 510-420-3070.

-- Linda Davis