Fraudulent Fire Extinguisher Scheme

Fraudulent Fire Extinguisher Scheme

A scheme of distributing a one-quart size of carbon-tetrachloride fire extinguishers bearing the advertisement of some local fire insurance agent, has been discovered in various parts of the country.

A representative of the fictitious company makes a proposition to the insurance agent that he will distribute fire extinguishers gratis in the town and that for a fee of fourteen cents each for a thousand extinguishers, the company would affix an advertising label of the agent on the extinguisher. The recipient of this “gift” is charged $1.95 for a refill. Although the plan has been in operation for some time, neitherthe extinguishers or the labels have made their appearance on the market.

A sample of the extinguisher, which while resembling one of standard design, shows several defects in construction. It will not operate when pointed upward and may only be emptied if the label side is upward.

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