The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 5, 2014

Consumer alert: Phone scam claims to raise money for fire departments

It’s another phone scam. This time the caller claims to be raising money for fire departments.

“He said the money goes for education and training, grants, equipment for fire departments,” said Mike Goode, Wyoming County clerk, who has also been a volunteer firefighter for nearly 50 years.  

“It sounded really good,” he said.

Initially, the caller asked to speak to Goode’s wife, Peggy. When she found out the subject of the fundraiser, she handed the phone to Mike.

Goode asked how fire departments in Wyoming County could obtain some of the money being raised.

“He hung up,” Goode said.

Goode called the phone number that had appeared on his “caller ID” feature, but to no avail.

None of the fire departments in Wyoming County are trying to raise money this way, Goode said.

“People in Wyoming County have always been really generous to the fire departments here,” he added.

“There are 187 volunteer firemen in Wyoming County. If you want to give money to a fire department, give it to one of the firemen,” Goode noted.

“Don’t fall for these phone scams,” he emphasized.

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