Fraud Alert!

Staff Reports

San Bernardino County- Recently, on August 24, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department sent a press release in regards to a man calling and representing himself as someone from CALFIRE. The man has been calling local residents to ask if they would like to participate in sending donations to the people who had been displaced by the Blue Cut Fire.

According to the SBSD, “[SBSD] confirmed with CALFIRE that they are not soliciting for donations and encourage citizens not to give anyone personal or banking information via the telephone regarding donations. CALFIRE will not call citizens and ask for donations.”

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone who has been contacted to seek donations on behalf of CALFIRE, to please call your local law enforcement agency to report any fraudulent activity. If you have already made a contribution, you are also asked to please let your local law enforcement agency.

If you have any information regarding this investigation, you are urged to contact Deputy H. Hubbard at the Phelan Sheriff’s Station; his number is (760) 868-1006 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you can also leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at http://www.wetip.com

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