Puget Sound Fire has been notified by concerned residents of phone solicitors who claim that donations to them benefit local fire departments.

This is not true. Puget Sound Fire does not receive any funding this way and does not solicit for money over the phone or door to door.

These calls often have a “253” prefix, making them appear to be local.

While decisions to donate are up to our residents, we encourage everyone to research before giving.

Ask solicitors:
•What is your federal tax ID number?
•Are you a 501c3 nonprofit? If so, what is your nonprofit number?
•Are you licensed to solicit in Washington State?
•Do you have written material, such as a brochure, or a website to review?
•Do you have a call back number?

Failing to answer these questions fully should raise red flags with residents.

If you are concerned that the caller is not legitimate, you can:
•Contact the Washington State Attorney General’s office and file a complaint at www.atg.wa.gov
•Contact the Better Business Bureau to file a complaint or learn more about a charity at www.bbb.org.