Beware of fraud schemes

To the Editor: In this age of identity theft and money scams, it is not only important to protect yourself but to be aware of the need for protection among our more vulnerable populations.
Feb 3, 2014


Recently, a resident of Grand Pines Assisted Living (1410 S. Ferry, Grand Haven) received a call from a "grandson" who would not give the resident his name. Instead, the caller said, "You don't know your own grandson's voice?" The person proceeded to try to make the resident feel bad because they didn't know their own grandchild. They stated they were in trouble and needed money. 

Fortunately, the resident was alert and suspicious of the caller. The resident ended up simply hanging up on the caller.

These types of attempts at fraud have occurred before and will certainly continue to happen.

At Grand Pines Assisted Living, the safety and well-being of our residents is our No. 1 priority. It's important for not only our own residents, families and staff to be aware of these types of potential dangers, but also our friends and neighbors in the Grand Haven community and beyond.

Rob Kamp
Grand Pines Assisted Living




Thank you for that. While we're at it, there are several phone scams going on right now.
#1 is the cell phone scam, a caller will call your Cell phone and hang up. The number appears to be local but when you call it back you are charged International Calling + another charge that's usually around $20.
#2 has been attempted on me and my wife so far. Someone will call and say they are from your Computers manufactures support and that there is an issue with your PC, Issues were different for both me and my wife, and they ask you to set up a remote connection. The first time when I asked them which computer it was, they said "The Windows PC". I said, yeah which one? They cursed and hung up. Second time I just messed with them for a while and kept giving them fake connection codes. They finally hung up.
#3 is the one they are talking above.

Remember no one will ever contact you from any computer support and ask you to initiate a connection. If they do, get the company name and number to call them back. If someone calls you and hangs up, don't call them back. If it was important, they would have left a message.


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