During the holiday season and beyond, EGR Public Safety reminds community members to be alert of potential fraud via phone calls and text messages.
In 2021, it was estimated Americans lost $29.8 billion to phone scams alone. With both the number of victims and the expense of the scams increasing, it’s important to take steps to minimize your risk of falling victim to bad actors.
While they can take many forms, common phone scams include the caller:
“The EGR community needs to be aware that fraud can occur anytime, anywhere,” East Grand Rapids Public Safety Chief Mark Herald said. “If something doesn’t seem right – even in the slightest – do not engage with the solicitor and report the suspicious activity to police. Public Safety is a community resource here to investigate cases of fraud.”
The Federal Trade Commission outlines a few tips to protect consumers from fraud, including:
To report a suspected case of fraud or other non-emergency, contact East Grand Rapids Public Safety at 616.949.7010.