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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

WARNING: Hoax Suspected in "Fire Inspection" Scheme


MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department has been made aware of a possible hoax to defraud residents of money.  The Office of the Fire Marshal has received several inquiries and a copy of a flyer that is being distributed seeking a $25 payment for a "fire inspection."  The flyer carries a title of FIRE PREVENTION OFFICE and their address.  A copy of the hoax flyer being distributed is displayed below.

If you have received one of these flyers, do not pay any money and contact the Fire/EMS Department Office of the Fire Marshal at 301-583-1830.  If someone passing out these flyers confronts you, call 911 immediately and report the incident.  The Fire/EMS Department does charge fire inspection fees in certain circumstances, however, we would never solicit inspections or fees in this method.

All of our Fire Inspectors will display a badge and credentials identifying themselves as a member of the Fire/EMS Department.  If you have a question or concern about the ID of a Fire/EMS Department employee call 301-583-2200.  The Fire/EMS Department 24-hour Watch Office maintains an updated roster with all employees names and will be able to verify identify of anyone in question.  If you feel threatened at any time, call 911.

The Office of the Fire Marshal will be working with the County Police to identify the person(s) responsible for this hoax and attempts to defraud residents of Prince George's County.



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