BBB of North Alabama has been contacted by a local business regarding FireSafetyMagnets.com soliciting ad sales for the Huntsville Fire Department. The company claims to produce 8 ½ x 11 dry erase memo boards that are lined with advertisement from local businesses. The advertisements allow the fire departments the ability to distribute them at fire safety programs free of charge. BBB reached out to the Huntsville City Fire Department to verify the claim and Chief McFarland stated that Huntsville Fire Department is NOT participating in this fundraiser or soliciting donations through the company. Upon speaking with the Madison City Fire Department, they have confirmed that they are doing fundraising through FireSafetyMagnets.com and has given them permission to use their name when contacting business soliciting for advertisements. The BBB of Longwood, FL maintains the record for this company and report they have been in business since 2014 with nine total customer complaints. They are not an Accredited Business through the Better Business Bureau; however, they do have an A rating. The following is BBB’s website link: https://www.bbb.org/central-florida/business-reviews/advertising-specialties/fire-safety-magnets-in-maitland-fl-90262868 Consider the following tips if your business is approached about purchasing an ad:Research the company. Visit BBB.org to obtain information regarding the company's BBB rating and marketplace performance. Google the company and business owner's name to see what other people are saying about their service. Unresolved complaints and negative reviews from other consumers are a warning sign.Do not pay money up front, even if you get a discount, until you have researched the business.Pay with a credit card: If you do not receive the product, your credit card issuer can assist you with disputing the charges and getting your money back under the Fair Credit Billing Act.Keep documentation: Ask the business for a receipt or contract so you have proof of the transaction.Ask for three references of other local companies that have been listed in the directory before. If the salesperson is unwilling or unable to so, this is a red flag. Be extremely cautious.Don’t let the salesperson pressure you into making an immediate decision. If the salesperson uses high-pressure sales tactics, walk away.Source: BBB of North AlabamaTo visit the business profile for FireSafetyMagnets.com, go here.To report a scam, call your BBB at 256-533-1640 or go to the BBB Scam Tracker. To find trustworthy businesses, visit bbb.org.