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Paris fire, police departments are not doing phone solicitations

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Paris residents are receiving phone calls claiming to raise money for both the Paris Fire Department and the Paris Police Department.

Paris Fire Chief Brian Gates said Wednesday, July 31, neither agency is doing phone solicitations.

Gates became aware of the situation Wednesday when a resident contacted him asking about the calls.

“She got a call from somebody calling himself Collin asking for money for the police department,” said Gates. “A little later she got a call from a guy who said his name was John claiming he was raising money for the fire department. When she said no both times, they immediately hung up.”

Gates wants the public to know that neither department is making calls seeking money. Anybody who agrees to provide money is being scammed and the money is going to some criminal organization and not the police or the fire departments.