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Emergency! Don't fall for the 911 scam

Emergency! Don't fall for the 911 scam

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The Emergency Management Division of the Washington Military Department warns you not to fall prey to the latest 9-1-1 scam. According to EMD:

Residents of Washington, Michigan, Pennsylvania and other states have reported receiving calls from someone requesting money for 9-1-1 services. The caller claims that residents must pay a fee to register their house in a 9-1-1 database so first responders can locate the home in an emergency. The caller also requests names and medical information from the residents.

This is a scam. 9-1-1 services are funded through dedicated 9-1-1 excise taxes on telephone bills and by other local government funds.

Any request for 9-1-1 funds over the phone is a fraud. Residents who receive these calls should hang up and report the suspicious call to their local police or sheriff’s non-emergency phone number. 

Thank you for the timely warning.

--Janelle Guthrie--

Posted by Public Affairs Unit at 03/23/2012 06:09:24 PM | 

Thanks for always keeping us informed about the so many frauds people encounter all the time and unfortunately some fall a victim of. I once was misled by the so called phishing emails and submitted my personal information and even SSN, so am wondering now, if there is a way that I can check if someone has been misusing my SSN? Thanks a lot for your timely warning too! [ALL CONSUMING MODERATOR'S RESPONSE: Order a free copy of your credit report from the only government-authorized Web site: or call 877-322-8228.]
Posted by: Homes ( Email ) at 4/12/2012 4:00 AM

Scammers will try anything to get a cheap buck. If scammers put half their energy into legitimate dealings they would be far more successful.
Posted by: Toby Barnett ( Email ) at 4/30/2012 8:51 PM

Thanks for the warning, very sad to see so many scams now.
Posted by: John ( Email ) at 5/12/2012 1:26 PM

My mother has recently received such phone call. Fortunately she immediately realized that it is fake. It is so sad that these kind of scams became more frequent last years. Please keep us informed about the different scams to be more cautious.
Posted by: Removals ( Email ) at 5/14/2012 6:12 AM

I live in Kitsap County. Received a call this morning at 8:35am from an individual that said he was my grandson and that he had rear ended a car in Mexico and needed $700.00 to post bail. He new my grandson's name and also a friend of his. I new this was a scam because I new where my grandson was. The phone number was (998) 151-1303.
Posted by: Richard Phelps ( Email ) at 11/19/2013 11:04 AM

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