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Placer sheriff warns of imposters during search and rescue fundraiser

The Placer County Sheriff's Office's Search and Rescue teams have launched their annual telemarketing fundraising drive, and sheriff's officials are warning Placer County residents to beware of imposters.

Search and Rescue volunteers donate thousands of hours each year to find lost hikers, skiers and others who need assistance in Placer County’s wilderness areas. This year, they are raising money to purchase mobile communications equipment for the Lake Tahoe area, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Telephone solicitors will be calling residents to ask for donations. Anyone wishing to make a donation will be mailed a pre-addressed envelope. Sheriff’s officials said callers will not ask for credit card information. Donations should be sent only to two addresses: P.O. Box 4150, Auburn, CA, 95604, or P.O. Box 1710, Tahoe City, CA 96145.

During past fundraising efforts, another company calling itself “search and rescue charities” led some donors to believe that it was donating to Placer County. This is not the case, sheriff’s officials said, and anyone interested in donating to local search and rescue efforts needs to make sure they are giving to Placer County

For more information, call Search and Rescue Community Services Officer Katrina Kane at 530-889-7846.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy