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Fire inspector scam targets LA, statewide businesses

November 17, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The Los Angeles district attorney warned the public Thursday of a fire inspector scam that is targeting businesses in L.A. County and throughout the state.

D.A. Steve Cooley advised businesses and employees to be on alert for phony fire inspectors who claim to be checking fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and sprinkler systems.

The phony inspectors trick employees into signing documents that are used to bill the business owner. The D.A. noted that local fire departments conduct such inspections free of cost.

Those aware of suspicious activity are urged to contact local law enforcement or the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Public Affair Section at (323) 881-2411.