Fake Firefighter Solicits Money in Deal Island - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Fake Firefighter Solicits Money in Deal Island

Posted:

DEAL ISLAND, Md.- Deal Island Fire Chief Donald Ford says a con artist armed with a sad story and familiar face is soliciting money from residents.

"He came and knocked on the door, and said one of the fireman had cancer," said Patty Speral, of Deal Island. She said her husband told her this fake firefighter asked for a donation.

The visitor claimed the solicited money would benefit the Deal Island Fire Department.
But Ford said that is not the way his fire company does business.

"We send out a letter and instead of going door-to-door," Ford said.

Members of the Deal Island Fire Company are all volunteers and do not get paid. Ford said the company relies on grants and donations.

The annual Deal Island firemen fundraiser was in full swing until the alleged scam artist started collecting funds.

Some residents told WBOC the con artist goes door asking for donations.

"He went to an elder lady house, probably in her late 80s, he asked her for a donations and she gave him her last four quarters."

But some people say they knew something was fishy.

"My husband told him he would write a check and take it down to fire department, he said no and that he was collecting," Speral said. "My husband did not given him any money."

Deputy Nikki Benton of the Somerset County Sheriff's Office said police have a suspect and residents should be on the look out.

"Do not give any donations to anybody that knocks on your door who is claiming to be with the fire department down there," Benton said.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Giving Back on Thanksgiving

    Giving Back on Thanksgiving

    11/23/2017 15:23:00 -05:002017-11-23 20:23:00 GMT
    Thursday, November 23 2017 3:29 PM EST2017-11-23 20:29:44 GMT
    SALISBURY, Md.- The Spirit & Truth Restoration Church prepared over 250 Thanksgiving dinners to those in need on Thursday. This is the seventh year the church has delivered meals to the community. Pastor Bonita Nsah says it's important toMore
    The Spirit & Truth Restoration Church prepared over 250 Thanksgiving dinners to those in need on Thursday.More
  • Restaurants Prepare for Thanksgiving Holiday

    Restaurants Prepare for Thanksgiving Holiday

    11/22/2017 22:06:00 -05:002017-11-23 03:06:00 GMT
    Wednesday, November 22 2017 10:06 PM EST2017-11-23 03:06:27 GMT
    Thanksgiving PreparationsThanksgiving Preparations
    SALISBURY, Md.- Restaurants in Salisbury are gearing up for Turkey Day. While many are cooking at home on Thursday, some are choosing to go out to eat for Thanksgiving. Jennifer Stack says she isn't a good cook, so her family is going out forMore
    Restaurants in Salisbury are gearing up for Turkey Day. While many are cooking at home on Thursday, some are choosing to go out to eat for Thanksgiving.More
  • Police Searching for Two Suspects Related to a String of Burglaries in Delaware

    Police Searching for Two Suspects Related to a String of Burglaries in Delaware

    11/22/2017 21:16:00 -05:002017-11-23 02:16:00 GMT
    Wednesday, November 22 2017 9:16 PM EST2017-11-23 02:16:01 GMT
    Courtesy of Delaware State PoliceCourtesy of Delaware State Police
    Delaware State Police are asking for the public's help in identifying two suspects involved in several burglaries in Milford, Milton and Dover.More
    Delaware State Police are asking for the public's help in identifying two suspects involved in several burglaries in Milford, Milton and Dover.More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices