Residents urged to attend November consumer education programs

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is encouraging residents to learn more about being a savvy consumer. The Department of Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division is offering a variety of educational programs throughout the month of November aimed at keeping Michigan consumers safe and up-to-date on the latest scams.

The November 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 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 and click on “Outreach.”