SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield Fire Department is warning of a potential scam from someone pretending to be a veteran firefighter. A citizen reported receiving a phone call from a man who claimed to be at 13-year firefighter veteran.
The citizen says the caller asked about changing batteries in the homeowner's smoke detector. The fire department says the citizen was astute enough to ask for a return phone number, which turned out to be bogus. The homeowner says the caller sounded as if he was reading from a script.
The fire department says it does not make unsolicited phone calls of any kind. Anyone receiving an unsolicited phone call about smoke detectors should report the call to the Springfield Fire Department at (417) 864-1500.
The Fire Department does provide free smoke alarm installations — but only by request. Springfield residents can contact the Fire Department at (417) 864-1515 to request an installation in their home.