March 21, 2020
State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks today issued an urgent reminder to be aware of phishing emails sent by scammers seeking to obtain the personal information and the hard-earned money of Michigan’s taxpayers.
Similar to the phishing scam that targeted the Michigan’s Attorney General yesterday, Michigan Department of Treasury staff members were subjected to a phishing scam today. Individuals were led to believe they had received an important email from the state treasurer requesting they purchase gift cards for her.
Treasury employees were quick to identify and report the scam, with no staff members falling victim to the scammer’s tactics.
"Unfortunately, scammers look for opportunities to take advantage of us when they know we are all working around the clock," State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks said. "These phishing emails often look like they’re coming from a familiar name and include legitimate-seeming requests for information or assistance. I want to urge all Michiganders to be extra careful when responding to emails and report scams to the Michigan Attorney General’s office.”
Although these phishing emails use a certain set of ingredients — such as a sense of urgency and believable stories or connections — recipients should pay close attention to the following:
Do not fall for this! Immediately mark the email as spam and delete it.
Remember, the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection webpage is always available as a resource for consumers to turn to.
Those who wish to make a report about potential scams can do so with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection team by filing a complaint online or by calling 877-765-8388.