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Placer sheriff’s search and rescue teams seek donations, warn of scams

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue teams have launched their 2017 fundraising drive to purchase communications equipment for the Lake Tahoe area.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue teams have launched their 2017 fundraising drive to purchase communications equipment for the Lake Tahoe area. Placer County Sheriff’s Office

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue teams have launched their annual fundraising drive and at the same time are warning residents to beware of fundraising scams.

Money raised during the drive will be used to purchase mobile communications equipment for the Lake Tahoe area. The Sheriff’s Office notes that Search and Rescue volunteers donate thousands of hours each year to locate lost hikers, skiers and others needing aid in the county’s wilderness areas.

Telephone solicitors will be calling residents to ask for donations. Anyone wishing to contribute will be sent a pre-addressed envelope, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. Callers will not asked for credit card information and donations should be sent only to P.O. Box 4150, Auburn, CA 95604 or P.O. Box 1710, Tahoe City, CA 96145.

During past fundraising campaigns, a company calling itself “Search and Rescue Charities” led some donors to believe they were donating to Placer County, but that was not the case, the news release said. Placer County residents who want to support local search and rescue efforts are advised to make sure they are giving to “Placer County Search and Rescue.”

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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