Sacto 9-1-1
October 29, 2010
CAL FIRE warns of phone donation scam

By Queenie Wong
qwong@sacbee.com

Residents who receive calls from a person requesting monetary donations for the training of CAL FIRE firefighters should keep their wallets closed, according to fire officials.

The state agency says that the phone solicitation is part of a recent donation scam and that funding for CAL FIRE comes from the department's budget, not from solicitations.

The agency learned about the scam after a resident of Santa Clara County reported receiving such a call, according to the news release.

If you receive a call, the agency said to try to get as much information as possible and then report it to CAL FIRE Law Enforcement Officers at (408) 778-0930.

"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," said Josh White, CAL FIRE deputy chief of law enforcement, in a statement.

Call The Bee's Queenie Wong, (916) 321-1008.

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