Marshall County Rescue Squad Chief Curt Curtner is warning businesses and individuals to be aware of a company selling ads in a coloring book and saying they are associated with emergency management agencies in the county.
Curter said the representative of the company implies he is associated with the rescue squad, emergency management and fire departments in Marshall County.
“He is not legitimately a part of any of us,” said Curtner. “He suggests to the people he calls that he is working with us and he is not. His prices are even similar to what our donation amounts are so he knows what he’s doing.”
Curtner said he was first warned of the possible scam last week when he began to receive phone calls from businesses and individuals who had been contacted by ENS publications, using an address in Paducah. The person representing the company tells potential donors he is producing a coloring book for children about emergency situations and suggests local agencies will receive funds from the sale of the ads.
Curtner says the Marshall County Rescue Squad is in the midst of its fund raiser and is currently contacting residents by phone. Once a donation is pledged, a member of the rescue squad either goes to pick it up or makes arrangements for it to be mailed. The fund raiser ends on April 27.
Curtner urges anyone who suspects they may have been contacted by this company to contact him at (270) 703-8204 or the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department.
The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department has opened an investigation into the matter.