scam http://michiganradio.org en Michiganders told to beware of 'Obamacare' scams http://michiganradio.org/post/michiganders-told-beware-obamacare-scams <p>Michiganders will begin signing up for health care coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act in one month.</p><p></p><p>But state officials are warning that scammers are already at work using Obamacare to defraud people.</p><p></p><p>Caleb Buhs is with the Department Insurance and Financial Services. &nbsp;&nbsp;He says his department is already hearing about scammers trying to convince people they need ‘new Obamacare or Medicare’ cards.</p><p></p><p>The scammers try to get social security numbers and bank account information.</p><p></p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 23:18:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14300 at http://michiganradio.org Michiganders told to beware of 'Obamacare' scams Scammers follow in the wake of Hurricane http://michiganradio.org/post/scammers-follow-wake-hurricane <p>Hurricane Sandy may be creating new business for scam artists.</p><p>Websites and phone solicitors can mimic legitimate charities that change where the donations are sent.</p><p>In the wake of Hurricanes, scammers try to snare people with claims that sound great like “all proceeds go to the charity.”&nbsp; Or they'll set up what appear to be legitimate Email and websites asking for contributions to help victims, but that actually go directly into their pockets.</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 20:11:53 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9699 at http://michiganradio.org Online identity theft scam poses as Obama, lands in metro Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/online-identity-theft-scam-poses-obama-lands-metro-detroit <p>If you get an email from President Obama, saying he wants to pay your electric bill, it&#39;s best to delete it.</p><p>A countrywide email and text message scam in which the sender offers to pay the recipient&#39;s utility bills through a new federal program in exchange for sensitive identity information has hit metro Detroit.</p><p>And some are taking the bait, reports <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120711/METRO03/207110429/1361/Warren-officials--Water-bill-payout-a-scam">The Detroit News&#39; <font>Charles E. Ramirez:</font></a></p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 16:04:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8244 at http://michiganradio.org Online identity theft scam poses as Obama, lands in metro Detroit Michigan Attorney General warns of Japan earthquake/tsunami scams http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-attorney-general-warns-japan-earthquaketsunami-scams <p><a href="http://mi.gov/ag/0,1607,7-164--252750--,00.html">Michigan&rsquo;s Attorney General issued a warning today</a> about a growing number of scams linked to the Japanese <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/03/16/134582068/workers-evacuate-part-of-japanese-nuclear-plant">Earthquake/Tsunami disaster</a>. &nbsp;Numerous scams have popped up since last week&rsquo;s disaster, including a <a href="http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/03/13/japanese-tsunami-raw-tidal-wave-footage-facebook-scammers-bogus-cnn-video/">viral video</a> making the rounds on Facebook purporting to show people fleeing the tsunami wave.</p><p><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/ag/">&nbsp;Attorney General Bill Schuette</a> says Michiganders wanting to help should beware of phony charities trying to take advantage of them.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Even during tough times, the people of Michigan give generously to charities that assist disaster victims around the world&hellip;.It&#39;s important to take steps to ensure your dollars are not lost to fraud and your financial information remains secure.&quot; Wed, 16 Mar 2011 14:48:44 +0000 Steve Carmody 1673 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Attorney General warns of Japan earthquake/tsunami scams