Scam Artists Poses As Murfreesboro Firefighter

Posted at 10:14 PM, Aug 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-10 23:30:42-04

A Murfreesboro business fell victim to a scam of a person posing as a local firefighter, and police is searching for the suspect.

Officials with the Murfreesboro Police Department said a man entered a Murfreesboro massage business on Saturday between 6 and 7 p.m. They said they needed to pay an annual subscription of $100 to keep their access to fire protection during an emergency. 

The owner paid the money, but that's something the city said it would never ask for.

“The Murfreesboro fire and rescue department never solicits anybody to pay us for our services,” said Murfreesboro Fire Marshal Carl Peas.

While subscription fire services are rare, they do exist in Tennessee.

In Obion County, in the rural northwest part of the state, those who live outside the city limits of South Fulton pay $75 a year for fire service.  If they don't pay it, fire fighters will still respond, but they'll charge $3500 per call.