Residents in Washington 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 first responders can locate the home in an emergency. The caller also requests names and medical information from the residents.

THIS IS A SCAM! 9-1-1 services are funded through dedicated 9-1-1 excise taxes on telephone bills. Any request for 9-1-1 funds over the phone is a fraud, and residents who receive these calls should hang up and report the suspicious call to their local police department or the Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s office at (509) 447-3151.