Scammer poses as Westport fire branch

WESTPORT — Scammers posing as individuals of the Westport hearth branch are concentrated on native agencies, claiming to be inspecting fire extinguishers and in the hunt for money payments.

“local groups should still be conscious that here is a usual rip-off, and that those perpetrating it often goal organisations that make use of more youthful individuals,” in accordance with a press release from Westport Police.

Wesport Police got a grievance Saturday from a Saugatuck enviornment enterprise that became visited by way of someone claiming to represent the Westport fire department. The person reportedly instructed a juvenile worker that he changed into required to check out the fireplace extinguishers on web site, and stated both needed to be replaced. He claimed to have spoken to the keep manager, police referred to, and offered a paper bill for $198.15 to cowl substitute of the extinguishers, and agreed to be paid in cash.

The bill was labeled “Metro fire Prevention” of Norwalk. Westport Police mentioned this is the identify of an genuine business that offers sprinkler capabilities, but is not primarily based in Norwalk and does not employ the grownup noted to have visited the enterprise.

The worker paid the adult in money and the suspect left, claiming he would return with two hearth extinguishers.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 30s, 6 ft tall, weighing about 190 pounds. He become mentioned to be donning a black sweater atop a blue buttoned shirt, blue denims and a black baseball cap, “probably attempting to imitate the look of a hearth branch officers,” police mentioned.

“personnel of the Westport fire branch are naturally identifiable as such when working in their legit means and do not make use of sub-contractors to habits inspections, nor would they request funds for features rendered,” in response to Westport Police, a press release echoed on the Westport hearth branch facebook page.

here’s the primary grievance about this scam in 2020, Westport Police observed, telling agencies to call police automatically if confronted with this sort of request.

any individual with tips about Saturday’s incident is asked to name Westport Police at 203-341-6000.