MIDDLETOWN (CBS SF) — Officials in Napa and Lake counties said people are scamming survivors of the Valley Fire through social media by asking evacuees’ for their addresses.
The scammers say they are part of a news crew covering the fire and will check on the evacuee’s home, county officials said.READ MORE: 'He's In Good Spirits;' Former OPD Capt. Ersie Joyner Recovering After Shooting; Remains in ICU
Burglars use the ploy to steal things, according to county officials.READ MORE: Fremont Neighbors Of Movie Director Joel Souza Stunned Over Shooting On Set Of Alec Baldwin Movie
Sheriff’s deputies are patrolling evacuated areas and advise evacuees to avoid giving out their addresses online.MORE NEWS: Pfizer Scientist Testifies Against Holmes in Theranos Trial
Evacuees can register with the Red Cross at the “Safe and Well” website or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to let their families know they are safe.