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02/14/2010 01:41 AM ID: 82894 Permalink   

Fake Firefighter Charity Scam Calls Fire Chief

 

Crescent, Pennsylvania Fire Chief David Meehl reports getting a call collecting for disabled firefighters. He got real suspicious when the first thing they said was: "They take all major credit cards."

The scammer said, "Firefighters have a dangerous job." The fire chief said, "I know, I´m the fire chief." Then the caller hangs up. The chief reports other people have received similar calls.

PA police advise not giving out credit card information over the phone.

 
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  no excuse  
 
dirt bags. every one of them. $20,000 fine for every one of them.
 
  by: VermiciousG     02/14/2010 04:03 AM     
  How low...  
 
we people go to get money. No do not answer that.
 
  by: captainJane     02/14/2010 07:56 PM     
  I quit a job as a telemarketer once...  
 
I was pretty young, and I thought I would be selling products or some crap. My first day I got questions like, "How much of this actually goes to the cause?" and I had no idea about the answer. The boss was monitoring my call, and so he told me we were under legal obligation to answer the question if asked. I found that about 3 cents of every dollar collected actually went to the cause.

I quit the first week. I think I made 140 dollars =P

I felt like a whorebag. Just thinking of the supervisors and other guys makes me cringe, knowing that´s the sort of life they chose. And I remember some assface getting on to me for being late one day, as if we were involved in some super important life-saving operation, blah. But mostly I remember this one dude I called. He was disabled and he didn´t need any excuse to donate. Apparently he was saved by a cop or something during a robbery. He lost the use of his legs, but the cop saved his life. So he made a "gold" donation or some crap. I really felt like the biggest tool.
 
  by: Dayron   02/14/2010 08:23 PM     
  @Dayron  
 
I have almost the exact same story.
I lasted 4 days.
 
  by: VermiciousG     02/14/2010 08:27 PM     
  @Verm  
 
*shiver*

It feels good not to be totally alone.
 
  by: Dayron   02/14/2010 08:32 PM     
  Well...  
 
I have to say after reading what Dayron and Verm has just written. I am glad to make you acquaintance on here I wish their were more in the world like you both!
 
  by: captainJane     02/15/2010 12:00 AM     
  @fines  
 
yah because the suckers who donated will really get their money back anyway from the scammers.

it´ll just go to county coffers.
 
  by: TheDeeder   02/15/2010 07:21 PM     
 
 
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