MI Residents Warned to Watch for Scammers Posing as State Health Officials
Michigan's Attorney General, the Health Department, and State Police are sending a warning to residents in regards to a telephone scam making rounds around the state.
In a press release from Attorney General Dana Nessel, scammers are posing as health workers in an attempt to steal personal information from people.
Officials have received multiple complaints from residents who have been contacted by scammers pretending to be MDHHS employees in Kalamazoo County...
There have also been reports made in Bay, Jackson, Livingston, Monroe and Washtenaw counties.
The scammers are able to pose as health officials through "spoofing,"
...which allows phone calls to appear as if they are coming from real department phone numbers.
MDHHS says that they will never ask people for personal info over the phone.
If you suspect a scam, hang up immediately.
Michigan State Police offer these tips to avoid falling victim to any type of scam:
- Never give personal info to an unknown caller
- Do not respond to spam emails from an unknown sender
- Confirm the identity of a contact by independently speaking with the identified source (your bank, credit card company, government agency, etc.)
- Use a reliable source to confirm the contact’s phone number or email; and
- Report any suspicious contacts to police.
You can file a complaint to the AG's office here.