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November 24, 2021
LANSING - As families prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving and other traditions to welcome in the holidays, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is launching a holiday consumer protection campaign focused first on ways to protect your information if you'll be hitting stores in person or online over the weekend.
Beginning today and continuing through mid-December, the Attorney General's website will focus on educating consumers on the numerous tactics used to cheat them out of their funds during the holidays. The direct URL is mi.gov/AGholidayscams.
"The holidays fly by every single year," Nessel said. "And while everyone is focused on celebrating their traditions and checking off those gift lists, it's imperative we all keep in mind ways to protect our personal and bank information from bad actors."
To kick off the campaign, Nessel is sharing important information surrounding the biggest shopping and philanthropic days of the year - Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday - with the reissuance of three consumer alerts focused on protecting your information.
Nessel's first alert focuses on ways to keep your credit card accounts safe from those who would like to get their hands on your information and your money.
Those tips include creating a strong password and PIN that is unique to only that specific credit card, as well as keeping the information private and shredding documents like statements before they go in the trash.
Nessel is also reissuing of her online shopping and wise charitable giving consumer alerts.
Keep the following in mind if you'll be spending money online:
When donating this holiday season, consider reviewing the AG Charity Search Database to verify worthy causes. Nessel's Wise Charitable Giving Consumer Alert also provides insight on certain questions you should be able to get answered when giving to an organization or case.
Those looking to shop local are encouraged to check out the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Support Local campaign, which provides resources online to help residents shop and eat local.
The Department provides a library of resources for consumers to review anytime on a variety of topics.
Your connection to consumer protection is just a click or phone call away. Consumer complaints can be filed online at the Attorney General's website, or by calling 877-765-8388.