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Calls seeking money for Amboy Fire a scam, chief says

Published: Monday, June 2, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, June 2, 2014 9:09 p.m. CDT

AMBOY – The Amboy Police Department is warning residents of a phone scam in which the caller attempts to solicit money for the Amboy Fire Department.

Amboy Fire Chief Jeff Bryant contacted police after getting a report from a resident, Sgt. Jeff Blake said.

The resident said a caller told her he was collecting funds for the Amboy Fire Department to buy new gear and equipment. She asked him to send her some information, and was told she’d be getting a donation package. 

Officers discovered that many complaints have been made against the number that popped up on her caller ID. It appears to be connected to a switching location, which makes it difficult to identify the caller, Blake said in a news release.

The Amboy Fire Department does not and never will ask for donations over the phone, Bryant said.

When in doubt, call Blake at 815-857-3400 or Bryant at 815-857-2325 before donating any money, they advise.

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