Telephone scammers are targeting local businesses by claiming they are selling advertisements that benefit the Fort Wayne Fire Department.
The fire department and the Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Indiana today issued a warning to business owners to beware of calls from Firehouse Promotions, of Moline, Ill.
At least one local business owner lost $1,000 to the scam, said Mark Nelson, deputy fire chief.
"To be clear, the Fort Wayne Fire Department has not been contacted by Firehouse Promotions," Nelson said in a statement. "We are not and have not been affiliated or associated with them in any way. Nor have we ever promoted or endorsed their efforts."
The Better Business Bureau has given Firehouse Promotions an F rating, which is a failing grade, for its business practices.