With easy access to the internet and cell phones, it has become increasingly easier for victims to be sought after from anywhere in the world. The most common fraud involves:
- Advanced-fee loans
- Foreign lottery schemes
- Phony prize promotions
- Travel offer scams
- Unnecessary credit card loss "protection"
These warning signs may help to keep you, your family, and friends from becoming a victim:
- Be cautious about any business that tries to conceal their mailing address and phone number.
- Be wary of anything that promises large sums of money, such as sweepstakes or lottery winnings, in exchange for advance payment.
- Don't be pressured into making a decision about an offer.
If you fell victim to fraud, be sure to contact your local police department to file a police report. In addition to contacting local police, you should file a report with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
Find more information on scams:
- IC3 (Internet Crime Complaint Center)
- Minnesota Attorney General's Office
- Fraud and scams page (Minnesota Department of Public Safety)
- Scam resources (Minnesota Department of Public Safety)
For more information feel free to email Maple Grove Police Crime Prevention or call 763-494-6134.
Thefts & burglaries
The Maple Grove Police has seen an increase in theft from autos and garage burglaries throughout the city. A large number of these incidents are due to cars being left unlocked and garage doors being left open overnight.
Maple Grove Police asks residents to double-check that they are removing valuables from their cars and locking them along with closing their garage doors at night. Also, if you see any suspicious behavior, please call 911 immediately.