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Rochester Fire Department Advises Residents of Fundraising Scam

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Chief Mark Klose reports that residents should be a aware of a scam involving an individual falsely claiming to be collecting donations on behalf of the Rochester Fire Department. 

A resident reported receiving a phone call yesterday from someone soliciting donations on behalf of the department, however neither Rochester Fire nor the Rochester Professional Firefighters Local 1451 are currently conducting any fundraisers.

Residents should disregard any calls they receive claiming to come from either group requesting donations. 

“I want to be certain that residents don’t fall victim to a scam while believing they’re supporting a good cause,” Chief Klose said.

To avoid falling victim to these telephone scams, Rochester Fire recommends that residents follow these tips outlined by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC):

  • Don’t answer calls from unknown numbers. Let them go to voicemail.
  • If you answer and the caller (often a recording) asks you to hit a button to stop receiving calls, hang up. Scammers often use these tricks to identify, and then target, live respondents.
  • If you receive a scam call, write down the number and file a complaint with the FTC.
  • Ask your phone service provider if it offers a robocall blocking service. You can also visit the FTC’s website for information and resources on available robocall blocking tools to help reduce unwanted calls.
  • Consider registering all of your telephone numbers in the National Do Not Call Registry. Access the registry online or by calling 1-888-382-1222.

These scams can also be reported to the FTC at 877-382-4357, as well as the Rochester Police Department at 603-330-7127.

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