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Amboy police are investigating a phone scam in which the caller asks for donations for the fire department. Residents say donating to the fire department is nothing new and that's why they say it's easy to fall for this scam.

"We go to their annual pork chop dinner so that's donating to them," said Amboy resident Bettina Garcia.  

" Tickets are usually between $25 - $50 every Christmas," said Amboy resident Jean Carlson.  

If you look at the faces of some Amboy residents that have donated to the volunteer fire station in the past, you'll see how upset they are about this scam.  

"I don't think its right for people to go around scamming people out of money," said Amboy resident Jo-Ann Duncan.  

Amboy police say a woman called them and said someone called her asking for a donation to the fire department, but police found out that the caller wasn't from the fire department.  Those we talked to are worried this scam could make it harder for the fire department to make money.

"What's going to happen now is once a year they do send things out for donations and that includes tickets to events. Now,  the turn out will be less because people aren't sure if its the fire department or a scam," said Duncan.  

Other residents say despite living in a world where technology is almost always advancing, this can still be avoided.

"Spreading word that you shouldn't donate any money over the phone without verifying the source," said Carlson.  

TV 6 reached out to the Amboy fire chief, but he declined to comment. If you or someone you know are contacted about donating to the fire department, call the police.

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