Residents in Washington and other states have reported receiving calls from someone requesting money for 911 services, said Jim Barber, manager of Benton County Emergency Services.
The caller claims residents must pay a fee to register their house in a 911 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," Barber said. "911 services are funded through dedicated 911 excise taxes on telephone bills and by other local government funds. Any request for 911 funds over the phone is a fraud."
Residents who receive these calls should hang up and report the suspicious call to their local police or sheriff's nonemergency phone number. Benton County residents can call 628-0333.