MFD warns people to beware calls claiming to be ‘fire department’

MFD warns people to beware calls claiming to be ‘fire department’
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Officials with the Madison Fire Department are warning people to beware of calls from “the fire department,” because they could be a scam, according to officials.

City fire officials have been notified of a telemarketer-style scam that may be gaining traction in the area.

A Madison woman answered her phone and spoke with someone who said they were from the fire department. The caller asked the woman if she checks her home smoke alarms regularly. The caller abruptly hung up after the woman told the caller that her son is a firefighter and checks the alarms for her, according to a release from the MFD

Officials want to remind people that the Madison Fire Department never cold calls homes asking people to check their private smoke alarms.

Officials ask that anyone who receives a phone call or something similar contact the Madison Police Department’s self-report line at 608-245-3662. Scams can also be reported to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-422-7128.