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Sunday, October 31, 2010

CAL FIRE: Warns citizens of telephone solicitation scam

Cal Fire is warning the public of a recent donation scam involving the department. 
Residents who receive calls from a person requesting monetary donations for training California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection firefighters should keep their wallets closed, according to fire officials.

Cal Fire said this week that a resident of Santa Clara County received a call from a person requesting a monetary donation to pay for the training of Cal Fire firefighters.

Cal Fire said it does not solicit donations and that the training of Cal Fire's firefighters is funded trough the department's budget.

"Residents need to know that Cal Fire never solicits funds in order to provide services to the communities we serve," Josh White, Cal Fire deputy chief of law enforcement, said in a news release.

"We hope that by getting the word out early no one will give their money to these criminals and that if residents do get a call from a scammer, they will be prepared to gather pertinent information so we can put a stop to this."

If you receive a phone call soliciting funds for Cal Fire, the agency said to call 408-778-0930.

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