LANSING — Sen. John Proos is encouraging Southwest Michigan residents to be mindful of phone and email scams, especially those which ask for personal information or money to claim a prize sweepstakes.
“The growth of the Internet, email and social media has increased convenience for consumers. Unfortunately, along with that growth has come an expanding outreach by scam artists looking to take your money or steal your identity,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I urge all Michigan families to look out for scams and report them to the state attorney general’s office.”
Residents may report a suspected scam to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-765-8388 or by visiting their website at www.michigan.gov/ag. There you can click on Complaints to learn how to file a complaint online or by U.S. mail.
“Consumer Alerts” with advice on numerous consumer issues, include several popular scams, are also available on the attorney general’s site under Consumer Protection.
“Scam artists are becoming clever in disguising their fraudulent activity, and are increasingly targeting vulnerable populations, like our seniors,” Proos said. “Two simple rules will help you avoid falling for most scams: Never pay anything to collect a prize; and never give out your credit card number, bank account information or Social Security number over the phone or in an email. No legitimate contest or bank will ever ask for personal information like this.”
Any resident who believes they have been a victim of a scam and has experienced any trouble contacting the attorney generals’ office are welcome to contact Sen. Proos’ office by phone at (517) 373-6960 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.