Maryland Heights police host classes to fight fraud

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI) – The Maryland Heights Police Department is reaching out to its business community to fight fraud.  The billion dollar fraud industry targets honest, law-abiding consumers and business owners.   But there are some things you can do to avoid becoming a victim.

Tuesday the police department offered tips to local business owners after recent fraudulent schemes hit the area.

Identity theft is just one of the many tools used to defraud the unsuspecting.   Stolen credit card numbers, spoof and phishing emails, each in their own way affects your wallet.  Bob Greenfield owns a photography studio. He says businesses have to be on guard at all times.

Protect your money and your identity.   Be cautious and learn how to identify fraud. The Maryland heights police are ready to help and the Federal Trade Commission has the information you need.

If you have a consumer issue, contact the Contact2 Call for Action hotline.  The number is 800-782-2222. The line is open Monday through Thursday from 11am until 1pm.