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WEST FARGO — A scam artist has recently been calling residents here posing as a representative of the West Fargo Fire Department and asking for donations.

At this time, the West Fargo fire and police departments are not involved in any phone-based fundraising efforts, according to a statement from the city.

If you receive a suspicious call, the Federal Trade Commission recommends finding out the caller's name and the name of the organization they represent. You can also request that information about the organization be mailed to you.

Additionally, experts recommend being wary of organizations that have names similar to recognized groups, offer to come to your home to pick up donations, or request financial information over the phone.

Residents are asked to report suspicious calls to local law enforcement agencies.