Michigan AG Warns of Fake IRS Email Scam: How to Protect Yourself
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued a consumer alert regarding bogus IRS emails after the The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued an alert.
Late last month, the FTC alerted consumers to an email offering Economic Impact Payment (EIP) if the recipient clicks on a link. Clicking on it creates an opportunity for a crook to steal the person’s identity.
“If you get a text, email, or phone call from someone claiming to be in government with a check for you, make no mistake about it,” Nessel said. “These scams will likely ask you for your bank account information or other personal information which can then be used to steal your identity.”
The Ministry of the Attorney General provides a library of resources that consumers can consult at any time on a variety of topics.
Your connection to consumer protection is just a click or a phone call away.Consumer complaints can be filed online at the Attorney General’s website, or by calling 877-765-8388.
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Here are the ways to avoid this scam:
Be aware that the government will never call you, text you, email you, or contact you on social media to tell you you owe money or to offer you money. help to get a third one Economic impact payment (PEI). If you receive a message with a link from someone claiming to be from the IRS or other government agency, do not click on it. It is a scam. Scammers often send fake links to websites or use fake email addresses and phone numbers that appear to be from the government. Your best bet is visit the IRS website directly for reliable information on EIP payments.
Say no to anyone who contacts you claiming to belong to a government agency and requesting personal or financial information, or payment in cash, gift cards, wire transfers, or cryptocurrency. Whether they’re contacting you by phone, text, email, social media, or showing up in person, don’t share your social security, health insurance, driver’s license, bank account, or card numbers. credit. And know that the government will never ask you to pay for financial assistance.
Report government imitators to ReportFraude.ftc.gov. Your report makes the difference. Reports like yours help us investigate, bring law enforcement cases to light and alert people to frauds to watch out for so they can protect themselves, their friends and family.
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