Jun 22, 2016 7:58 AM

Chief warns against phone scam using name of fallen Hampton firefighter


HAMPTON FALLS — A new phone scam is hitting the area, with callers claiming to be raising money for the "Hampton Falls Fire Department" and mentioning the name of a firefighter who died this year of cancer.

Hampton Fire Chief Jay Lord released a statement Tuesday saying two calls have been reported to his department, one mentioning Kyle Jameson, a Hampton firefighter who died from complications of his battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to Seacoastonline.com.

“I think it’s low,” Lord said. “All these stupid scams, you just go, ‘Really can’t you go find a real job?’”

Lord said in the statement residents need to hang up on callers requesting donations. Lord said it is common for scammers to take advantage of people’s generosity towards police and firefighters, as well as families of those whose deaths were well publicized. Jameson’s year-long battle with cancer was followed by over 2,000 people on Facebook, and hundreds of people lined Route 1 and Winnacunnet Road when a procession of fire and police vehicles carried Jameson’s remains home.

“(Jameson’s death) was so publicized in the news that these scammers are looking for any kind of an angle,” Lord said.

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