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.

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Burglars use the ploy to steal things, according to county officials.

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Sheriff’s deputies are patrolling evacuated areas and advise evacuees to avoid giving out their addresses online.

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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.