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AG Nessel warning Michigan residents of federal stimulus payment scams

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Posted at 2:25 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 14:25:40-04

(WXYZ) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued a consumer alert urging residents to be on alert for federal stimulus payment scams.

Scammers are using the news that the federal government will send one-time payments to citizens as part of the federal economic relief response to COVID-19 to steal personal information.

The AG's office has already received reports that residents are getting emails from website posing to be official demanding that they provide PayPal, bank account or other financial information to receive stimulus payments immediately.

The fake phishing scams will likely as for a person's bank account information and insist $1,000 or more will be deposited directly into bank accounts.

The AG's office is reminding anyone who receives a text, email or phone call from someone claiming to be from the government to not give out their personal information.

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