The Santa Monica CA Fire DEPT is warning against “fake” fire inspector
The Santa Monica Fire Department is warning business owners against “fake” inspectors!
I thought I heard it all in my life time, but this is a new one on me. The Santa Monica Fired Department Prevention Division is warning local business owners to be extra vigilant and be on the lookout for “fake” “Fire Inspectors”.
The Scam Artist generally come uninvited to a business and request unsuspecting employees to sign an “Inspection authorization” According to the Fire Marshal, then the Scam Artists either ask an upfront “inspection fee” or they send an invoice to the business owner a day or two later. Now keep in mind this scam is spreading throughout Southern California area not just Santa Monica because recently the Los Angeles Fire Department wrote an article to the business community that people need to be on the lookout for Scammers waging similar havoc in Los Angeles County as well. The real Fire Inspector has proper identifications and usually the Fire Department will give notice before their arrival.
Now if you are not sure it is OK for you to call the Santa Monica Police Department and then the Fire Prevention Division at 310.458.8915 to report an incident. That way you will know if you are dealing with the Real Inspector or a Scam Artist.
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