New Michigan Scam Alert: Here’s How to Avoid It
Scammers are everywhere these days. Now, there’s a new Michigan scam going around, and here’s how to avoid it.
By the way, I don’t think there’s a day that goes by when I don’t get an email from someone trying to scam me. It’s common on the phone, too. I’ve even had weird text messages sent to me from “wrong numbers” that seem to be more like a scam than a wrong digit.
The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency and State Treasury are warning Michiganders of a mail scam. We’re talking snail mail. Yes, the old-fashioned kind that comes in the mailbox outside your residence. According to Michigan.gov, victims will receive a letter that states they have an overdue state debt. The letter also says they are required to immediately call a toll-free number. In addition, the letter even says they will seize bank accounts, vehicles, business assets and homes if the debt is not paid.
“It is disheartening to see the lengths scammers will go to make a quick buck from Michigan residents,” state treasurer Rachael Eubanks said in a statement. “The state of Michigan works collaboratively with individuals to find solutions to their outstanding state debts. If you receive an aggressive and threatening letter, please contact us through a verified phone number so we can log the scam and talk about options.”
Those who receive a letter from a scammer or have questions should call Treasury’s Collections Service Center at 1-517-636-5265. Then, a customer service representative can log the scam, verify outstanding state debts, and provide flexible payment options. For more information, visit the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency website. Also, for more on avoiding scams, visit official Federal Trade Commission website. If you have a consumer complaint about a scam, you can file it online at the Attorney General’s website. If you have additional questions, call 877-765-8388.