Fire departments and deputies in Western North Carolina are warning people about possible phone scam in which the scammers pretend to be collecting money for fire organizations.
Chief Geoff Tennant with the Tryon Fire Department said one scam involves callers claiming to be from the North Carolina State Firefighters' Association.
The NCSFA said they have received multiple reports of someone claiming to be a representative of the North Carolina State Firefighters' Association making phone calls and requesting donations for families of fallen firefighters. “Please be aware that this is a SCAM and that we NEVER make calls requesting donations for any reason,” the agency said in an alert.
The NCSFA asks people to pass the information to friends and family “so they too can be aware of any potential fraudulent phone calls."
The Buncombe County Sheriff's Office issued an alert about a similar scam, in which the scammer was claiming to be "Aaron" or "Dave" with the Volunteer Fire Fighter's Association.
Deputies said Buncombe County does not have a volunteer firefighter's organization. The county's legitimate group, the Buncombe County Fire Fighter’s Association, does not use telemarketers to solicit funds.
Deputies said anyone who may have been victimized by this scam should call the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office at 828-250-6670
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