SCAMMERS CALLING RESIDENTS SEEKING ‘DONATIONS’ TO COUNTY FIRE SERVICE

SCAMMERS CALLING RESIDENTS SEEKING ‘DONATIONS’ TO COUNTY FIRE SERVICE

The Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Service Department has received inquiries from residents about the legitimacy of fund-raising calls seeking private donations for county fire services.

Neither the Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Service Department nor the county’s 16 volunteer fire districts utilize outside companies for fundraising. Any such calls received by residents are deceptive and should be reported immediately to law enforcement.

In one case, the caller identified himself as being with the ‘Extreme Marketing Company,’ calling on behalf of the county’s fire services and seeking a donation. He gave a call-back number with an 817 area code.

Any resident who has received such a call or who has been given an address to which money should be sent is encouraged to call the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department at (575) 525-1911 to report the fraudulent activity.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.