DVFC warn­ing res­i­dents about mail scam

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

DEN­TON — The Den­ton Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany are warn­ing the com­mu­nity about a scam seek­ing do­na­tions through the mail.

Fire com­pany of­fi­cials said the mailer by the Vol­un­teer Fire­fighter Al­liance is fake, and res­i­dents should not make any do­na­tions to this scam.

“The Den­ton Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany was made aware of a mailer so­lic­it­ing the com­mu­nity for vol­un­teers or mon­e­tary do­na­tions to ‘con­tinue our na­tional re­cruit­ment ef­fort,’” said DVFC Pres­i­dent Todd Ber­neski. “The Vol­un­teer Fire­fighter Al­liance is in no way as­so­ci­ated with the Den­ton Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany nor have they been re­tained to so­licit for vol­un­teers or do­na­tions on our be­half. At no point in time has the Den­ton Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany re­ceived ‘a list of po­ten­tial vol­un­teers’ as the let­ter in­di­cates or any monies gen­er­ated through do­na­tions the Vol­un­teer Fire­fight­ers Al­liance has re­ceived.”

Ber­neski said the DVFC is a non­profit and di­rectly so­lic­its the com­mu­nity an­nu­ally through its own fund drive, which is typ­i­cally mailed in the Septem­ber/Oc­to­ber time­frame. He said 100 per­cent of the do­na­tions re­ceived by the fire com­pany, with the ex­cep­tion of the print­ing and postage costs, are de­posited into the Den­ton Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany’s Gen­eral Fund and are used for tools, equip­ment and op­er­at­ing ex­penses to pro­vide fire and res­cue ser­vices to the com­mu­ni­ties.

Fol­low Caro­line/Dorch­ester Ed­i­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_ Star­Dem.

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Caro­line County res­i­dents have re­ceived this let­ter seek­ing do­na­tions for fire ser­vices. The Den­ton Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany said it is a scam and warns res­i­dents not to make a do­na­tion to the mailer.

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