Be wary telephone solicitations involving the “Delaware Firefighters Foundation” - there is no known charitable organization registered under “Delaware Firefighters Foundation” in Delaware or with the IRS Exempt Organization Division.
Delawareans are being warned by Attorney General Matt Denn to be wary of telephone solicitations involving the “Delaware Firefighters Foundation” supposedly on behalf of local fire companies and firefighters.
The calls display a local 302 area code, and the callers request donations for the “Delaware Firefighters Foundation,” or they claim to be soliciting funds for “your local fire company” or “injured firefighters in your area,” without actually identifying the fire company or firefighters by name.
Delaware law requires callers to supply people with certain information, including:
• Whether they are a paid fundraiser;
• Where they are calling from, including company name and location;
• The charity for which the funds are being raised;
• The amount of donation that will actually go to the charity; and
• If they are calling on behalf of police, fire or law enforcement, they must either be an actual law enforcement employee or have written permission from the state, county or local first responder organization to make the call.
There is no known charitable organization registered under “Delaware Firefighters Foundation” in Delaware or with the IRS Exempt Organization Division.
“It’s sad that someone is trying to take advantage of the respect we have and support we want to provide to our Delaware firefighters,” Denn said. “As consumers, we have the right to know who we are giving our money to and how it will be spent. So people should ask those questions and be very suspicious if they don’t get an answer.”
The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit reminds people to never give their credit card or bank account information in response to one of these calls. If an individual is interested in donating to their local fire company, they are encouraged to visit their local firehouse to drop off a donation in person, or donate directly to the fire company another way. Someone calling to make a legitimate telephone solicitation on behalf of a Delaware fire company (or any charitable organization) should be willing to mail a written donation form and envelope to send in a pledge. A list of all local fire companies in Delaware and their contact information can be found at the Office of the State Fire Marshal: http://statefiremarshal.delaware.gov/information/fire_companies.shtml.
Anyone who suspects they have been scammed or have received a suspicious solicitation is encouraged to call the Attorney General’s toll-free Consumer Hotline at 1-800-220-5424 or email the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org.