Scammers are posing as emergency personnel in order to collect fake donations for “relief efforts.”
Who Is It Targeting: Areas affected by wildfires
What Is It: Scammers are going door-to-door asking for donations posing as fire departments involved in fighting current wildfires.
What Are They After: Money
How Can You Avoid It:
- Know that emergency personnel carry proper credentials and travel in marked emergency vehicles. They do not seek donations from private residents.
- It is important to be aware of all suspicious activity as it can help you to be cautious of other scams.
If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at (888) 400-5530. Find more information about current scams and alerts here.
For full details of this scam check out this article from WSPA.