Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service warn of fraudulent calls by persons claiming they are from the Fire Service

Fraudsters will stoop to any level to trick the public into handing over their financial details. The latest one is fraudsters pretending they are from the Fire Service. Cornwall’s Fire and Rescue Service is urging the public to be vigilant as these fraudsters are asking the community to advertise businesses through a Fire magazine or offering to come and conduct an audit on premises.

In both instances these are not calls made by the Fire Service in Cornwall or any other County Fire Service. These organisations do not solicit support for third-party advertisements in any of their publications.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service do carry out free home fire safety checks and you will always be contacted prior to arrange details of the appointment. A member of the Service will arrive in uniform and will have identity badges. If you are in any doubt at all please do not let anyone into your home and call the Service on 0300 1234 232 to confirm identity.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue are currently working with other departments of Cornwall Council, including Trading Standards to address this. The simple message is; do not allow anyone into your home/business without prior appointment and identification. Never provide any personal details to unknown callers.

If you do receive any of these types of calls please contact the Service on 0300 1234 232 or fire@cornwall.gov.uk.