Police Warn Of Firefighter Impersonators Scamming Locals

Multiple scams of people impersonation Rural Fire Service personnel to falsely obtain money have been reported as bushfires grip the state.

The scams have been reported around the Central Coast and Central Tablelands of NSW.

A number of cases have been reported to the Chifley Police District of a male going door to door knocking, then saying he’s collecting money after fighting fires all night.

At this stage the warning has been issued to residents in the Portland, Wallerawang and Cullen Bullen areas.

Chifley Police said the man of interest may will appear legitimate and he could even be wearing a firefighter uniform.

Police have instructed locals not to hand over any money and to contact police if they are approached.

Similarly, Tuggerah Lakes Police have warned residents of a similar scam.

Community members have reported phone calls from people posing as RFS personnel requesting donations.

Police are urging anyone who receives this phone call to avoid giving out personal information or bank details and to hang up.

The Rural Fire Service suggests on its website that donations be made directly to a local brigade by contacting them or the local Fire Control Centre.

It adds that many brigades do run legitimate fundraising activities including coin collections and barbecues.

10 daily has contacted police and the Rural Fire Service for comment.