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April 29, 2021
LANSING - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel wants the public to beware of emails attempting to impersonate her with a fake account.
The Department of Attorney General was made aware of an email account that claims to be managed by the attorney general. An example of the fraudulent message sent from the account is below. The recipient's email address has been redacted to maintain privacy.
"Please don't fall for a scam like this," Nessel said. "These bad actors will do anything to try to impersonate someone in order to trick people into turning over personal information or even money. I urge everyone to remain skeptical when you receive messages out of the blue, email or otherwise."
While the email does not explicitly ask for money or threaten legal action, the fraudulent message is similar to phishing emails that circulated last year by scammers impersonating officials from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).
The attempt to open a line of communication is also similar to a sophisticated scam that ultimately cost one physical therapist and her family their entire savings.
Another phone scam detailed in one of Nessel's Consumer Alerts attempted to impersonate members from the Department of Attorney General.
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