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AG Nessel Brings Attention to Slate of Consumer Protection Alerts During Identity Theft Awareness Week

LANSING – In recognition of Identity Theft Awareness Week, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is sharing information on identity theft-related alerts that can help consumers recognize and respond to instances of stolen identity and stolen data. 

Identity theft, the illegal use of another individual’s personal or sensitive information, affected more than one million people in the U.S. last year, according to the Federal Trade Commission’s 2022 Sentinel Data Book

When a person’s information or identity is stolen or compromised, there will be clues that this crime has or is taking place. A few of the warning signs that the re-issued alert points to are: 

  • Finding unfamiliar accounts or charges on your credit report. 
  • Learning that your credit score has dropped suddenly. 
  • Being denied credit. 
  • Finding that your checks are no longer accepted. 
  • Missing certain mail.
  • Receiving bills or credit cards for services/accounts you are unfamiliar with. 

“Consumer scams are so prevalent and sophisticated that it’s really a matter of when you become a target, not if you become one,” said Nessel. “We need to shift our thinking from identity theft recovery to identity theft prevention to minimize our risk. I encourage every Michigan resident to follow these tips and develop habits that will protect their personal information and data every week of the year, and not just during Identity Theft Awareness Week.”   

Many other identity theft-related alerts can be found on the attorney general’s new Consumer Alerts page. Some other identity or data theft alerts include:

Additional information on identity theft prevention for Michigan consumers is available on the Attorney General’s website. 

Consumers may also contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Team at: 

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


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