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  Local Interest
   Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) warns Michigan residents to watch for scams related to the coronavirus disease 2019. These scams include websites sell- ing fake products, and fabricated emails, texts, and social media posts used to steal money and personal information.
around COVID-19. We encourage consumers to continue filing complaints with our office so that the reports can be investigated and we can follow up accordingly. Additionally, the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection web- page is always available as a resource for consumers to turn to. Start at https://
 The emails and posts may be promot- ing awareness and prevention tips along with phony information about cases in residents’ neighborhoods. They may also ask for donations to victims, provide ad- vice on unproven treatments or contain damaging attachments.
Information around the COVID-19 outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available by visit-
ing Michigan’s Coronavirus website or by visiting the CDC’s website.
 Attorney General Nessel wants all Michiganders to be on high alert – espe- cially at this time – for retailers looking to capitalize on fear and rob consum- ers of their hard-earned funds. Do
P.O. Box 30213 Lansing, MI 48909 (517) 335-7599
Fax: (517) 241-3771 Toll free: 877-765-8388
• Pay by credit card. If there are any issues with the purchase, you may be able to dispute the purchase with your credit card company, and may have protections available under federal law.
The Attorney General’s office is reviewing a high volume of consum- er complaints and calls related to price-gouging and scams centering
cash reload card, gift card).
Avoid Coronavirus Scams
 Online offers are selling masks and other personal protective equipment – that reportedly are not being delivered – to consumers while using misleading language to convince them to purchase.
To report a scam, file a complaint, or get additional information, contact the Consumer Protection team:
If you believe you are the target of a scam, hang up the phone and verify the identity of the caller independently. Do not give out any personal information unless you have first confirmed who you are talking to is actually who they claim to be.
 not fall for it. Be sure to do your research first.
• Review AG Nessel’s Online Shopping Tips consumer alert and more alerts under the Shopping for Products and Services category.
An online complaint form can be found at plaint.
Before ordering from a new or un- familiar online store, consumers should consider doing the following:
• See if the company has reviews
You can take steps to educate and protect yourself. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
online. Search for the company in a search engine with terms like “re- view,” “complaints,” or “scam.”
Additional warnings on how to avoid purchasing non-existent personal protec- tive equipment (PPE) and other corona- virus-related products are available from the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Federal Trade Commission.
Scams will always include one or more of the following tactics:
• Urgent or secret requests;
• Believable stories or connections;
• Emotional appeal;
• Financial requests;
• Unusual payment type (wire transfer,
Consumer Protection
Remember, the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection webpage is always available as a resource for consumers to turn to.
 The Consumer Protection team helps protect Michigan residents from bad ac- tors who have one primary goal: to trick us out of our hard-earned money. As technology advances, they get more cre- ative with their approach. They prey on anyone vulnerable – especially seniors.
  Scammers have one goal:
to get your personal – especially financial – information.

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