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Forests not the only things getting burned by fires


With wildfires raging around Washington, some thieves are using the occasion to wantonly rip off unsuspecting victims.

Around Klickitat County reports have surfaced of con-men showing up at homes dressed like firefighters and demanding entrance to “make sure the home is safe,” as one put it. Once the resident is out, apparently the plan was to rid the home of valuables, though the ploy hasn’t worked so far from those who have reported it.

And meanwhile the State Attorney General’s Office and Better Business Bureau are urging well-intended donors to use extreme caution before giving to wildfire relief efforts.

Often times during a natural disaster, con artists setup fake official...

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