Phishing Scams

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URGENT CONSUMER ALERT

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued an urgent reminder to be aware of phishing emails sent by scammers seeking to obtain your personal information and hard-earned money.  

No one is immune to these attempts  including Michigan’s Attorney General. Staff within the Michigan Department of Attorney General were subjected to a phishing scam today as they were led to believe they had received an email from AG Nessel requesting they purchase eBay gift cards then text the PINs to a specific number.   

Scam email

Although these phishing emails use a certain set of ingredients such as a sense of urgency and believable stories or connections, we want to draw your attention to the following:  

  • The name listed on the “from” line is not an indication of who is emailing you! Pay close attention to the actual email address. If that email address doesn’t match up with what you know to be correct or is abnormally long, it’s likely a phishing scam.  
  • The request is asking for money via an unusual payment method: gifts cards, wire transfers, cash reload cards are a clear indication of a scam.  
  • Misspelled words or poor grammar in the body of the email are red flags identifying a scam.  

Do not reply to suspicious emails. By doing so, you confirm to the sender that they’ve reached a valid email. They will then continue to send you spam emails via various email addresses and also attempt to hack your account. These bad actors have sophisticated software that generates thousands of different email addresses automatically, thus preventing you from blocking their attempts.  Lastly, as indicated in the attempt sent to members of the Department’s staff, by replying to the email, scammers will attempt to reach more individuals in your organization by using your name to keep the scam going.  

Do not fall for this! Immediately mark the email as spam with your email provider and delete it.  

Remember, the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection webpage is always available as a resource for consumers to turn to. 

To report a scam, file a complaint, or get additional information, contact the Consumer Protection team:

Consumer Protection 
P.O. Box 30213
Lansing, MI 48909
517-335-7599
Fax: 517-241-3771
Toll free: 877-765-8388
Online complaint form

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