“The citizen indicated the solicitor claimed they were with ‘the fire department,’” the county says in a release. “The Battalion Chief on-duty delivered the check back to the citizen at their residence and explained that ECFR does not solicit any funds.”
ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. — Escambia County is alerting the public of a fraudulent phone call claiming to be “the fire department.” Escambia County Fire Rescue received a check in the amount of $35 from a citizen over the weekend. According to the county, the citizen said they received a phone call from a solicitor requesting a donation of either $35 or $100.
The county says that if you receive a call from someone claiming to be from the local fire department and asking for donations, then that caller is a “scammer.”
“Occasionally, other organizations, benevolent associations and non-profits will solicit funds by phone or door-to-door,” said Escambia County Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Paul Williams. “These groups are not affiliated with ECFR and should be thoroughly researched by residents to determine if they want to make a donation.” To report fraud, you can click here.
“They are not legitimate, and they are not affiliated with Escambia County Fire Rescue,” the release states. Escambia County Fire Rescue says ECFR will not solicit any donations from residents.