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Inland Northwest utilities advise consumers on email scam

Inland Northwest electric utility companies are being targeted with the latest national scam using e-mail to send bogus energy bills. Avista Corporation is among those receiving customer reports of phishing e-mails.

Rather than referencing a specific utility, the e-mails are generic and ask customers to view their bill by clicking a link in the e-mail and set up automatic payment plans. This is a broad scam with e-mail addresses likely being pulled from external sources.

If you currently receive electronic bills from your utility and are unsure if the e-mail is legitimate, some quick ways to verify the accuracy of the e-mail are to: Check the sender. Before clicking on the link to view your bill, hover over the link to be sure that it is directing you back to your utility. Lastly, do not ever enter personal payment information if you have not logged into your account securely.

Do not provide your confidential information to anyone or fall victim to high pressure tactics for payment. If in doubt about an e-mail, contact your energy provider’s customer service department.

Idaho County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner set March 8; speakers, auction set

GREENCREEK – The annual Lincoln Day Dinner will be held at the Greencreek Community Hall on March 8, sponsored by the Idaho County Republican Central Committee.

Featured speakers will be Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation, and Elizabeth Allen Hodge, Idaho Patriot Academy. Attendees are encouraged to meet with and ask questions of candidates seeking public office during the social hour. Nancy Arnzen is catering the dinner

The event starts with a 5 p.m. social hour, dinner and auction at 6 p.m., and presentation starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45 per couple, $25 per person, and $15 for those younger than 18. For information, contact one of the following: Marge Arnzen, 816-2521; Donna Wassmuth, 962-1725; Becky Crea, 983-8484; Joann Mider, 935-2115; Clay or Sally Baker, 935-1725.

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