August 13, 2021 | Lansing, MI | AMN – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is reissuing two important consumer alerts in response to several municipalities around Michigan dealing with cleanup and damage following severe weather.
Last week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for White Lake and Armada Townships, along with the Village of Armada, due to damage caused by severe thunderstorms and tornadoes in July.
This week, people throughout Michigan began dealing with downed trees, power losses and other damage after storms hit the state.
In response, Nessel is reminding Michiganders about disaster scams and government imposter scams.
Her Government Imposter Consumer Alert educates Michiganders on ways bad actors may try to take advantage of people who are cleaning up after severe weather.
In particular, criminals will contact consumers and tell them they have been selected to receive government funding to assist with repairs. In order to receive it, the person will be asked to share personal or bank information.
Nessel’s Disaster Scams Consumer Alert provides information on how to spot and stop other common post-disaster scams.
“Unfortunately, bad actors look at storm cleanup as an opportunity to take advantage of victims who are desperate to repair damage right away,” Nessel said. “I continue to urge Michiganders to do their research before making any decisions that will impact your home or business.”
Disaster relief through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is one form of legitimate assistance and requires federal approval. To better understand the declaration process, visit FEMA’s A Guide to Disasters.
The Better Business Bureau is also a helpful resource to research local companies and contractors when navigating repairs and cleanup.
To file a complaint with the Attorney General, or get additional information, contact:
Consumer Protection Division
P.O. Box 30213
Lansing, MI 48909
Toll free: 877-765-8388
Online complaint form
Your connection to consumer protection is just a click or phone call away. The Department provides a library of resources for consumers to review anytime online on a variety of topics. Nessel’s Consumer Alerts, which cover a wide range of topics, can also be reviewed on the Department’s website.