Fraudsters Capitalize on Natural Disasters
The FBI reminds the public there is a potential for fraud in the aftermath of the wildfires in Northern California. The FBI has received indications that fraudsters are using e-mail and social-networking sites, including job search engines, to facilitate fraudulent activities.
Disasters such as the wildfires in Northern California prompt fraudsters to solicit contributions purportedly for a charitable organization or a good cause. Fraudsters may also attempt to capitalize on the misfortune of victims by advertising false temporary housing ads which victims send money to the subject in order to have property keys mailed to them.
Read FBI guidelines to help protect you from becoming a victim of fraud.
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Brian L. Martin
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New Evacuation Siren
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is implementing a new tool to assist with alerting residents of the need to evacuate. The new tool is a siren tone on Sheriff’s patrol vehicles that will only be used in the event of an evacuation. The Hi-Lo siren often used in Europe is an unfamiliar sound in California. If Lake County residents hear this siren they will know an emergency is under way and they need to evacuate. The idea was brought forward by Napa County Sheriff John Robertson and has been adopted in Napa County as well as Sonoma and Solano County. The Sheriff’s Office encourages residents to sign up to receive alerts through the LakeCoAlerts system.