Alert to businesses, colleges and schools after bogus fire service calls

Shropshire businesses, colleges and schools are being warned not to be duped by a con man pretending to be from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The fire brigade has received several calls from people upset at apparent "cold calling" by a man claiming that they are selling advertising space in a brigade publication. The gentleman claims to be 'Mr Jones' and often asks for a senior member of staff. When asked what the call is regarding he often becomes abusive. As a number of Brigades have experienced similar incidents Trading Standards are now conducting a nation wide investigation.

All genuine members of Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service staff will be happy to provide you with their name, position and contact details.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service does not ring people and ask them to buy advertising space, and has not authorised anyone to do so on its behalf.

  • Take a name and telephone number and ask for the offer to be made in writing.
  • Never make a commitment or agree to make a payment on the spot without taking time to think about the offer.
  • If in doubt, call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 04 05 06 or emailing from their website. The number for Minicom users is 08451 28 13 84.
  • If a salesperson says he or she is working with Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service in particular, or the fire service in general, please email the person's or company's name and telephone number, along with details of any offer that has been made, to Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service HQ at

All members of Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service carry identification when visitng premises. If in doubt, please gather their details and telephone 01743 260 200 before admitting anyone in to your property.

5th March, 2012