If you are receiving a text on your phone asking you to support local fire departments by purchasing t-shirts, beware that it is a scam. Potential victims say the solicitation comes by text message and will mention a specific local fire department by name showing a photo of the shirt. Algoma, Sturgeon Bay, BUG, Casco, and Egg Harbor are just some of the departments that have been mentioned in the text messages. Casco Fire Chief Bruce DePeau says he was alerted a week ago about the scam and says people should immediately delete the text without clicking the link.
DePeau advises you to make sure that online purchases of any fundraiser are from a legitimate source before buying anything. Sturgeon Bay Police Chief Dan Brinkman warns that just like any other unsolicited text scam, you should make sure the local organization is truly selling items. You can find the picture of the customized t-shirt and link that is being sent as part of the scam below.