State Fire Marshal warns of scam calls

The Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney
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SDN Staff Report
Staff Writer

State fire officials are cautioning the public to be aware of scam phone calls where the caller solicits donations.

The Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney this week warned Mississippians of phone scams in which callers request donations for members of the fire service.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has received numerous reports of phone solicitations for the Fallen Firefighters Association and the Mississippi Firefighters Association, according to a press release.

The State Fire Academy has also received reports of someone contacting fire departments seeking donations for the Mississippi State Fire Academy.

Chaney said these organizations and the State Fire Academy do not raise funds in this manner and the calls are most often scams operating in Mississippi

“Do not give out any personal information via phone or email to anyone who calls you about a donation like this,” Chaney said.

Anyone who receives such a call can report the number to the Consumer Division of the Attorney General’s Office at 601-359-4230 or 1-800-281-4418.

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