North Beach Volunteer Fire Department Warns of Door to Door Donation Scam

February 7, 2020

On Monday, February 4, 2020, the NBVFD received an inquiry regarding the legitimacy of an individual going door to door, claiming to be a member of the NBVFD, and collecting “cash donations on behalf of the fire department.”

Out of an abundance of caution, we issued a press release urging residents to contact the Calvert Sheriff’s Office as the fire department does not conduct door to door solicitations or ask for “cash only.”

Over the last 24 hours, we learned the fire department’s auxiliary had begun their longstanding door to door program. The auxiliary is an affiliate of the department and does conduct door to door solicitation to collect funds. The funds collected are used to purchase equipment and other needed items for the department then donated to the department on behalf of the auxiliary.

The auxiliary program is a legitimate fund drive effort conducted through a firm hired by the auxiliary. The program has been in effect for over a decade and includes receipts for donations as well as vouchers redeemable for family photos taken at the fire department’s banquet hall. The current drive is scheduled to end this Friday, February 7.

The NBVFD regrets the confusion of the last 24 hours. We are continuing to gather information on the individual who was collecting “cash only” as this person was neither an auxiliary nor fire department member. The individual has caused a significant disruption of the auxiliary’s sanctioned activity and the public’s good will. The fire department is working with the auxiliary to better ensure the public and the fire department are aware of when the auxiliary’s door to door program is conducted. We also want to extend a sincere thank you to the residents reporting suspicious activity.

Please remember if a solicitor will only take “cash only” they are most likely not a legitimate charitable enterprise.

4 Responses to North Beach Volunteer Fire Department Warns of Door to Door Donation Scam

  1. Anonymous #13 on February 8, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    OK, something fishy going on here. If the auxiliary had a ‘longstanding door to door program’ why didn’t the upper administration of the NBVFD know about it? Doesn’t the auxiliary communicate with the rest of the department? A fire department auxiliary is usually made up of the wives of the firefighters. Seems to be a lack of communication between the wives and the firefighters. Get your act together. Embarrassing situation all around.

  2. Anonymous on February 9, 2020 at 7:33 am

    This is 2020. Going door to door is prehistoric and lame.
    Why goes does the auxiliary need to hire a firm for donations/collection?
    So you pay a 3rd party to collect money for you when it could be done by the auxiliary.
    Totally flawed system of which I will no longer donate.

  3. JustSayNo on February 10, 2020 at 8:12 am

    Their entire operation is a scam. We donate by paying our taxes and they buy shiny toys for parades and trips to Ocean City every year. End the scams now!

    • JustStop on February 12, 2020 at 10:26 pm

      Please correct me if I’m wrong, but you don’t play a city tax. The money that funds those comes from legit donations received when someone is grateful that “the shines red toy” showed up to save their wife or child. It also comes from fundraisers. Yes, money is provided by the county when the department is DUE for a upgraded piece of apparatus. With so much input, maybe you should turn in a application and become a member. I’m sure they would love to hear your ideas about their scam.