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Senator LaMalfa Issues Scam Alert on CO Detectors

Some property owners have received a letter in the mail claiming to be from the so-called “California Housing and Safety Association.” It solicits payment of $76 and indicates that upon receipt of payment, a state-certified carbon monoxide detector required by law will be mailed to the homeowner. Having researched the organization, Senator Doug LaMalfa’s staff found that NO SUCH ASSOCIATION EXISTS, and HOMEOWNERS SHOULD NOT SEND ANY MONEY.

“I heard the first complaint last week about it and it looked like a total scam to me and we heard of several more today about it. So we actually went to the address downtown and it turns out all it is is one of those mail office places where you can rent a P.O. Box, so they aren’t even real. They’re phone number that you call just goes to dead silence. They’re not real, so we’re asking people not to respond to that letter.”

LaMalfa says the content of the letter is partly accurate.  SB183 a bill passed last year requires that every dwelling intended for human occupancy that has a fossil fuel burning heater or appliance, fireplace or attached garage have a carbon monoxide detector installed by July 1, 2011.   Homeowners who would like to purchase a carbon monoxide detector can purchase one at a local retailer for about $20, depending on the model.

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