Be on the lookout for fake fire inspector scam in Prince Edward County: OPP

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The Prince Edward County (PEC) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is urging vigilance after a resident reported a local scam involving someone pretending to be a fire inspector.

In a media release, police say that the individual received a call from the “fire inspector,” who said they needed to conduct a fire inspection of the victim’s smoke alarms and other fire safety appliances.

“In previous cases, the inspector has asked the homeowner/ business employee to provide them with photos and then there is a fraudulent fine issued, sometimes paid in cryptocurrency,” police state.

“The fire service will never ask for gift cards or cryptocurrency,” Fire Prevention Officer Mike Branscombe of Prince Edward County Fire & Rescue stated in the release. “Should we need to inspect a residence or business, we will attend with proper identification and fire service vehicles.”

For more information regarding fire safety or inspections, contact Prince Edward County Fire & Rescue at 613-476-2345.

This article was first published by Quinteiest.

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