FRAUDSTERS have been trying to con money out of businesses by pretending to be selling advertising space on behalf of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

A spokesperson for the service has stressed that it is not touting for advertisers at the moment and has offered advice to anyone contacted.

They said: "We're aware that salespeople have been contacting businesses and giving the impression they are acting for the service.

"We are not currently asking local traders to support us by advertising in a magazine."

If you receive an unexpected call that you are not sure is from DSFRS, end the call and (if possible) call the service from a different phone.

If you are concerned that a caller is not genuinely from the fire service, follow these steps:

Make a note of the caller's name and number;

Hang up the phone;

Don’t call the number back directly;

Contact Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service to verify if the call you have received is genuine.

You can call on 01392 872200 or email

The spokesperson added: "Unfortunately, there have been instances where fraudulent salespeople have contacted businesses claiming to be acting for the Service. This should be reported to the police."