The Wattsburg Hose Co. is issuing a warning, after the department finds itself at the center of a phone scam.

The department got tipped-off to the scam, after a long-time donor received a phone call from someone, who said they were raising money for the department.

However, according to Wattsburg Hose Co. President John Hull, the department never solicits donations over the phone.

Hull says that donations are collected through fundraisers, gun raffles and fish dinners.  The department also sends out donation pamphlets in the mail.

Hull says the fact someone would use the department to take advantage of the community, is alarming.

"It's bad,” said Hull.  “We are a small department….someone doing something like this, it just makes it harder on us, because people in the community who do donate, are getting taken advantage of, and we don't want that."

If anyone in Wattsburg receives a phone call requesting donations for the department, Hull says you should contact PA State Police at (814) 898-1641.