In November, The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office issued a "Consumer Alert" regarding persons posing as Fire Inspectors targeting business locations throughout the State and County. The Arcadia Police Department, along with other law enforcement agencies, forwarded this information to the community on several platforms, like that of Nixle and Facebook.
Local businesses in Arcadia were targeted last week, primarily in the downtown area, and we would like to remind our business community to be alert for this type of scam.
In the Arcadia incidents, a man dressed in a blue uniform or jumpsuit with the name "AMG" or "AMG Fire Service" on the clothing, entered the businesses and said he was there to inspect the fire sprinkler system on behalf of the Arcadia Fire Department. The phony inspector was unable to provide business cards or legitimate contact information at the time and was sent away from the business. In another incident, the suspect performed an "inspection" and alleged violations to the employee. The business received a bill in the mail the following day for the alleged inspection service. The phony inspector was described as a light-skinned male, 6'00"/200 lbs, dark hair, 40-60 years old.
Businesses are encouraged to remain alert for this type of scam and to call the police should anyone other than a uniformed, Arcadia Fire Department employee, make any attempt to perform inspections or other related service. Our AFD personnel are uniformed, carry identification, and can be verified by calling AFD at (626)574-5100.