AG Nessel Warns of Scammers Posing as Public Health Departments

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel warned Michiganders on Tuesday to beware of scammers claiming to be from at least two public health departments, including the Benzie Leelanau Public Health Department.

Scammers are “spoofing” individuals with calls that appear to be coming from a legitimate government phone number and offering residents medication and at-home COVID-19 tests while asking for Medicaid and Medicare numbers for billing purposes.

The Benzie Leelanau Public Health Department has received multiple calls from residents with 248 and 989 area codes asking about the calls. The Ionia County Health Department is another department that has reported scamming complaints.

“Scammers are still on a quest to take advantage of this public health crisis to gain access to your private information. As we continue to work together to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, I want to remind all Michiganders to stay on high alert for scam calls, emails and text or direct messages on social media,” Nessel said. “Do not hesitate to contact our Consumer Protection Team to report a scam, file a complaint, or get additional information.”

Anyone who receives a suspicious phone call they suspect to be a scam should hang up and no one should give out personal information to an unsolicited caller.

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