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City: Beware 9-1-1 phone solicitation scam

As reported by the Washington State Emergency Management Division, residents of Washington, Michigan, Pennsylvania and other states have reported receiving calls from someone requesting money for 9-1-1 services. The caller claims that residents must pay a fee to register their house in a 9‑1‑1 database so that first responders can locate the home in an emergency. The caller also requests names and medical information from the residents.

Any request for 9-1-1 funds over the phone is a fraud. 9-1-1 services are funded through dedicated 9-1-1 excise taxes on telephone bills and by other local government funds.

Residents who receive these calls should hang up and report the suspicious call to their local police department’s non-emergency phone number. The Snoqualmie Police Department business line is 425-888-3333; North Bend police and county sheriff's deputies can be reached at (425) 888-4433.

The locally owned and operated Snoqualmie REVERSE 911 system is not affected by this issue. All Snoqualmie phone numbers are confidential and will be used in case of local or regional emergency only by the City of Snoqualmie Department of Emergency Management or by King County emergency dispatch.

 

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