Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel Reissues Warning On Covid Scam
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is warning Michiganders about scammers who are reaching out to loved ones of coronavirus victims.
The scammers are offering to register those individuals for funeral assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. The purpose behind these scams is to target potential applicants and offer to register them for funeral assistance in order to steal personal data.
According to FEMA, the agency does not contact people before they register for help.
FEMA is currently offering funds to help pay for funerals that individuals have paid since Jan. for those who have died because of the coronavirus.
“I’ll say it again: bad actors will do whatever it takes to make a quick buck or steal your personal information and that includes taking advantage of your grief,” stated Attorney General Nessel. “FEMA will not contact you until you have called their agency or applied for assistance. Anyone who contacts you unsolicited and claims to be a government employee or from FEMA is a scammer.”
According to the Attorney General’s Office, in order to avoid being scammed, individuals should know the following:
FEMA will not contact you until you have called FEMA or have applied for assistance
The government will not ask you to pay for anything to get assistance
The government will not call, text, email or contact you on social media and ask for personal data such as social security, bank account or credit card information.
They also recommend not giving out the personal or financial information of the person who has died if a scammer asks for it.
Anyone who receives a phone call from someone claiming to be from FEMA should hang up and report it to the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 or the National Center for Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721.