Sheriff: Beware attempts to scam off `summer of fires’ |

Sheriff: Beware attempts to scam off `summer of fires’

Authorities are warning the public regarding a scam involving solicitation of funds, purportedly on behalf of a local fire department.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that someone claiming to be a representative of a Colorado state firefighters association was seeking donations for the New Castle fire district.

In fact, the sheriff’s office noted, it’s called the Burning Mountain Fire Protection District. And district Chief Dave Yowell said the district does not use telemarketers to solicit donations.

“It is all-advised to do business with any telemarketer that appears to be attempting to benefit from the summer of fires in Colorado,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

Authorities said the telemarketer asked for a credit card in this case. “If you receive such a call, do not give out your credit card information, but get as much information from the caller as possible and report it to your local law enforcement agency,” the sheriff’s office said.

It urged people wishing to support their local fire district to contact the district directly.

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