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AZ firefighter groups warn of phone scams

Posted at 6:28 AM, Dec 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-17 08:42:24-05

If you've gotten a phone call to donate cash to a local firefighter organization, you may want to think twice before handing over your information.

The Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona and the United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association say scammers are posing as fire groups trying to raise money.

The callers reportedly say they are part of the "Association for Fire Fighters and Paramedics" and are getting funds for burn victims.

The named group has been named one of the worst charities in America, according to a media release. Charity Navigator has reported the group spends less than three percent of donations on charitable services.

"These scammers have no shame," PFFA President Bryan Jeffries said in a media release. "They even called my parents claiming to be affiliated with the fire fighters, saying they raise money for child burn victims. Let me be very clear - they have no affiliation with us and no one should give them a dime. We're very proud of the charity work we do in this state - work that channels every donated dollar into services with no overhead. To take 97 percent of donations and spend it on overhead and perks is obscene."

If you live in Arizona and get a phone call from a firefighter organization asking for donations, know that no group in Arizona uses phone solicitors.