Some wildfire evacuees in British Columbia are facing the threat of looters searching through their belongings after they have rushed to safety.
Rob Gordon, a criminologist at Simon Fraser University in Surrey, B.C., says looting is an unfortunate but routine part of virtually every natural disaster, from fires to floods, hurricanes to earthquakes.
Additionally, Evan Kelly of the Better Business Bureau warns that scam artists can set up fake crowdfunding websites to take money illegally.
“It really comes down to the emotional aspect, and that’s what scammers are trying to capitalize on here,” he said, describing such cons as “the lowest of the low.”
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