LANSING – Attorney General Bill Schuette encourages Michigan 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 October aimed at keeping Michigan consumers safe and up-to-date on the latest scams.
THE OCTOBER 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.
CONSUMER PROTECTION EDUCATION NUMBERS
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 500 events educating more than 9,000 consumers.
OTHER CONSUMER PROGRAMS
In addition to the free educational programs, the Consumer Protection Division also publishes an electronic quarterly newsletter. To sign up to receive the newsletter or schedule a local presentation, visit the Attorney General’s website.
Schuette is also dedicated to protecting children across the state of Michigan, and his office runs safety programs like OK2SAY and Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative (CSI). These programs inspire Michigan students to share and respond to student safety threats and break the code of silence. In the 2017-2018 school year, more than a quarter of a million attendees went to an OK2SAY/CSI presentation.
To schedule a student safety presentation for the 2018-2019 school year, visit the OK2SAY website.
REGISTER FOR A CONSUMER EDUCATION PRESENTATION
Consumer Education Presentations are available for your group, club, or class on the topics outlined above.
To register for a presentation, please complete the online registration form. You may also print a copy of the registration form and submit it to the following address:
Michigan Department of Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
P.O. Box 30213
Lansing, MI 48909