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Penticton Fire Department warns of phone fraud

The Penticton Fire Department is warning residents about a phone scam involving the Firefighters Curling Association.
July 08, 2019 - 4:30 PM

PENTICTON - A bogus telephone-based fundraising scheme has the Penticton Fire Department warning residents to beware.

The phone calls promote a fundraising campaign claiming to support the Firefighters Curling Association, according to a City of Penticton media release.

Calls are occurring across British Columbia and Alberta and should be ignored, the city says.

Deputy fire chief Chris Forster says although Penticton firefighters engage in locally focussed fundraising throughout the year, none of those efforts involve gathering donations by way of phone calls.

“Our department, along with the associated Penticton Firefighters Charitable Society, never do any telephone solicitation. We just don’t do that,” he says in the release.

Anyone receiving these calls should contact the RCMP and report the call to the Canadian anti-fraud centre at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.

Under no circumstances should you provide any personal or credit card information to the caller, Forster says.


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