Schuette reminds residents about August consumer education programs

Attorney General Bill Schuette is encouraging Michigan residents to learn more about the consumer education programs offered through his office in the month of September. The Department of Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division offers a variety of programs throughout the month aimed at keeping Michigan consumers safe and up-to-date on the latest scams.

The September programs include:

• Home Repair & Improvement—Learn the telltale signs of home repair scams, unscrupulous contractors, and how to navigate the home improvement process.

• Phone, Mail, & e-Scams—Learn the signs of scams prevalent in phone calls, mail, email, and texts, along with steps to take to minimize your risk of being victimized.

• Identity Theft—Learn about the signs of identity theft, how to protect your personal information online and off, and what to do if you become an identity theft victim.

• Online Safety—Learn how to protect your devices, money, and personal information while online. Also provides information on how to avoid common and emerging online scams.

• In Home Care & Senior Residences—Learn about resources available to help you make the best decisions regarding care for yourself or your loved ones at home or in a senior residence.

• Investment Fraud – Learn how to recognize fraudulent investments and obtain objective facts about reverse mortgages and annuities. Also provides information on how to investigate both the seller and the product before investing.

In 2017, the Department of Attorney General presented 723 consumer protection programs reaching 14,535 consumers. So far in 2018, the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division has held nearly 250 events educating more than 5,000 consumers.

In addition to the free educational programs, the Consumer Protection Division also publishes an electronic quarterly newsletter.

Consumer Education Presentations are available for any group, club, or class on the topics outlined above.

To register for a presentation, visit www.michigan.gov/ag and click on “Outreach.”