#Westport CT– Recently the Westport Fire Department has received inquiries from several residents who were solicited by telephone for donations to the Westport Volunteer Fire Department. The caller identified themselves as representing the Fire Department Foundation. To our knowledge no such organization exists. The Westport Volunteer Fire Department & the Westport Uniformed Firefighters Charitable Foundation are two fundraising organizations within the Westport Fire Department. We are both registered with the IRS as nonprofit corporations and we do not contract with any third party to solicit donations by telephone. We only seek support from the members of the Westport community through an annual town-wide mailing, never through telephone solicitation. Any organization calling a resident or business in Westport claiming to represent either of our organizations is not acting in our interests. We caution all residents and businesses to be on the alert for suspected phone scams such as this. Even if the organization is, in fact, legitimate, we do not receive any financial assistance from any third party firefighter’s organization. Please call (203) 341-5003 if you have any questions or concerns.
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