Consumer Alert: Fire Departments across Wisconsin Report Fundraising Imposter Scam Attempts

​​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2021

Contact: Ti Gauger, Public Information Officer, (608) 224-5007

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MADISON, Wisc. – The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is warning consumers to be alert for scam texts pretending to sell T-shirts in support of local fire departments. These text messages have been reported in communities across the state and may appear to co​me from the local fire department but are actually from imposters attempting to steal money and personal information.

If you receive a similar text, do not click on any links and delete the message. If you have questions about a fundraiser for a local fire department or similar organization, contact the organization directly through a trusted phone number or contact.

If you receive an alarming text that appears to be from a government agency, remember these tips before you address the concern.

  • Do not click on links in texts. Instead, use a trusted website to log into a known account to check your account
  • Do not reveal personal information, account numbers, or payments to unsolicited contacts. Hang up, and use a number from a bill or trusted website to reach out to the organization.
  • ​Do not make payments via gift card or cash transfer apps. These methods make it impossible to recover money from fraudsters.​

If you have been the victim of a scam, report it by filing a complaint online at, sending an email to, or calling DATCP's Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-422-7128.