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Fire Service Warn of Bogus Callers

4th June 2009

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (NYFRS) are warning local businesses to be aware of bogus callers who are claiming to be working on behalf of the service selling advertising space and asking for donations to support road safety initiatives.

In one instance, the caller claimed to be working on behalf of the Service and asked a local businessman for £100. The same man then called the same business, claiming to be working on behalf of the police and asked for £700.

NYFRS can confirm that there is no booklets are being produced on their behalf at the moment and that they do no currently operate any system where other agencies call on their behalf to sell advertising or to ask for donations.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service gives the following advice:

  • If anyone phones claiming to be working on behalf of NYFRS, call the service on (01609) 780150 to verify their identity.
  • If anyone cold calls in person claiming to work for, or on behalf of, NYFRS selling advertising space check their identification. NYFRS staff carry identification cards and will usually be in uniform with identifiable logos on their clothing. If in doubt, call Trading Standards.


It concerns us that people are using the good name of the Fire and Rescue Service to obtain money in this way. We urge local businesses to be vigilant and always verify that a caller is genuine before agreeing payment.

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