Local police investigating telephone scams

The Grand Haven Department of Public Safety has recently received complaints regarding telephone scams/fraud.
Becky Vargo
Apr 25, 2012


The suspects are making calls to homeowners claiming to have prize monies waiting for them, said Lt. Renee Freeman. The suspects give specific instructions about cashing checks and claiming cash awards.

Many times, the suspects have some information on the person they are calling, but more often than not, the suspects attempt to get additional personal information during the telephone call in an effort to further defraud the individual, Freeman said.

“GHDPS would like to remind our residents that it is imperative that no personal information be shared with anyone over the telephone,” Freeman said. “It is most probable that anyone calling for such reasons is attempting to commit a fraud.”

The vast majority of the recent complaints have involved suspects calling from out of the country, to include Jamaica and Nigeria.

Residents are encouraged to report any calls of this nature to 911


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