Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is warning Michigan residents to watch for scams related to the coronavirus disease. These scams include websites selling fake products, and fabricated emails, texts and social media posts used to steal money and personal information.
The emails and posts may be promoting awareness and prevention tips along with phony information about cases in residents’ neighborhoods. They may also ask for donations to victims, provide advice on unproven treatments or contain damaging attachments.
Nessel says, “While the threat of coronavirus disease 2019 is real, there have been no confirmed cases in Michigan.”
Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS says, “While the current risk of COVID-19 in the United States is low,” the state agency is “working with local and federal partners to make sure our public health system is prepared.”
Khaldun says, “The best way Michiganders can stay healthy is to wash their hands often with soap and water, cover their coughs and sneezes, stay away from people who are sick and stay home if they are not feeling well. For accurate, up-to-date information, visit the CDC’s website or the MDHHS’ webpage.”
Consumers who suspect scams are encouraged to file consumer complaints online with the Michigan Department of the Attorney General or call 877-765-8388.