Residents of Washington and other states have reported receiving calls from someone requesting money for 9-1-1 services. The caller claims that residents must pay a fee to register their house in a 9 1 1 database so first responders can locate the home in an emergency. The caller also requests names and medical information from the residents.
Deputy Director of Emergency Management Chuck Wallace tells KXRO that this is a scam. 9-1-1 services are funded through dedicated 9-1-1 excise taxes on telephone bills and by other local government funds.
Any request for 9-1-1 funds over the phone is a fraud. Residents who receive these calls should hang up and report the suspicious call to their local police or sheriff’s non-emergency phone number.