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Cox Warns Consumers About Michigan Divorce Online

Contact: Rusty Hills or Matt Frendewey, Media Contacts 517-373-8060
Agency: Attorney General

March 23, 2007

            LANSING -  Attorney General Mike Cox warned consumers today about "Michigan Divorce Online."  In a very short period of time, the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division has received numerous complaints from consumers.  The consumers allege that they paid the company money and gave them personal information to start their Michigan divorce proceeding and the company did nothing in return.  The web site for Michigan Divorce Online is www.michigandivorceonline.com

            "I am committed to providing Michigan consumers with protection and warning from dubious companies," said Cox.  "Consumers should always be weary of providing personal information online."

Upon investigating the matter, Cox's office discovered that Michigan Divorce Online uses the bogus address of 626 Michigan Avenue, Lansing, Michigan 48823.  This address does not exist in the City of Lansing - in fact, the closest match to this address in the City of Lansing is Sparrow Hospital.  Consumers calling the phone number listed on the web site, 517-579-9777, found only a recording, and their calls were never returned. 

            Michigan Divorce Online also leads consumers into believing they are associated with the State of Michigan by displaying Michigan's Coat of Arms.  This is an unauthorized use of the Coat of Arms. 

Cox stated, "Michigan Divorce Online has repeatedly misled consumers and taken their money.  But the most egregious practice is requiring consumers to provide their Social Security numbers and other personal financial information.  This puts consumers at great risk of becoming victims of identity theft.  Consumers should use extreme caution whenever they provide their Social Security numbers or other personal financial information on-line, especially if they are dealing with a company they are not familiar with."

On March 2, 2007, Cox's Consumer Protection Division issued a Notice of Intended Action, the current investigation is ongoing.

            Cox encouraged consumers who had contact with Michigan Divorce Online to contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division and also to immediately apply for a free credit report.  To learn more about receiving a free credit report, please see the AG's Consumer Alert about free annual credit reports at http://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,1607,7-164-34739_20942-111010--,00.html.  To contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division by mail: Department of Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division, P. O. Box 30213, Lansing, MI  48909.  By phone call 517-373-1140 or toll-free, 877-765-8388. 

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