Scam Identified in Yates Co. Flood Recovery Effort

The Yates County District Attorney's Office and the Yates County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Yates County Chamber of Commerce, issued a consumer alert today regarding recent telephone solicitations of County businesses. Businesses are being asked to support a refrigerator magnet with proceeds benefiting the “Yates County Fire District”. The company making the solicitation is Firehouse Promotions.

When contacted about the solicitation, Yates County District Attorney Valerie Gardner stated, “Unfortunately, scams preying on the vulnerable are present in today’s society.  All Yates County residents should use caution when dealing with unknown persons or entities.  Please be sure to report any suspicious activity and remember to verify before giving out any personal information or funds.   Be alert and remind your friends and neighbors to do the same”.

Sheriff Ronald Spike noted that there are numerous complaints of misleading statements about the offending out of state company with Better Business Bureaus in other states and the Sheriff said, “Our community needs to be aware that this solicitation was not approved by the Chamber.

According to Mike Linehan, President and CEO of the Yates County Chamber of Commerce, businesses and consumers should be wary of any telephone solicitation, especially in the aftermath of the Flood of 2014. “Due to the amount of fund raising going on and the emotional state of everyone in Yates County, it would be easy for some of us to be taken advantage of”, said Linehan. He suggests that residents should always try to do business with local firms, check references, obtain a certificate of insurance and inquire if the business is a member of the Chamber of Commerce.

Gardner and Linehan urged local business owners and consumers to check with the Yates County Chamber of Commerce before entering into any agreement with an unknown contractor. Gardner also noted, "Citizens should be aware of this important issue and any suspected fraud should immediately be reported to law enforcement."

For more information, contact the Chamber at (315) 536-3111

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