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December 5, 2017

Warrenton fire company reports phone scamming

Phone scammers use “caller ID spoofing” to make their solicitations look legitimate.
The Warrenton Volunteer Fire Co. has received a complaint from a citizen who received a phone call soliciting donations for organization, according to Chief Jason Golden.

The citizen’s caller ID displayed the fire department’s name and phone number, Chief Golden added.

“The WVFC has not authorized any individual or organization to solicit donations by telephone,” he added. “Once a year the WVFC will operate our annual mailer picture fund drive. This fund drive is by mail only, with payment by check and is on official letterhead with authorization of the fire chief. The mailer comes with a self-addressed return envelope showing our address and phone numbers.”

The phone scam uses “caller ID spoofing.”

The fire company’s leaders with local law enforcement.

If you get a suspicious fund-raising solicitation, Chief Golden suggested calling Warrenton police at 540-347-1100 or the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office at 540-347-3300.

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