Los Angeles County sheriff's officials warned Friday of a new scam run by would-be burglars trying to capitalize on the recent earthquakes.
It was unclear how many people have been targeted by the scam, in which perpetrators call residents, warning them that a strong earthquake is about to hit and urging them to evacuate their homes.
Once residents evacuate, the home is left vacant and a prime target for burglars, sheriff's officials said.
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Sheriff's officials reminded residents that government agencies will not make personal calls to residents warning of an "imminent natural disaster." Such notifications are send via large-scale alert systems.
Residents were also urged not to give out personal information over the phone, "especially if your house will be vacant."