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State warning residents of phishing emails sent to Michigan licensees

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Posted at 10:57 AM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 11:55:09-04

(WXYZ) — The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is warning residents to be aware of phishing emails sent to Michigan licensees.

The emails are sent by scammers impersonating LARA officials.

Michigan licensees refers to anyone who holds a professional license issued by LARA, such as those under the Public Health Code, the Occupational Code and other relevant statutes.

State of Michigan licensees have reported receiving fraudulent emails similar to the example linked here with numerous grammatical errors.

“Scammers will stop at nothing to cheat someone out of their personal information and hard-earned money,” said Attorney General Nessel in a press release. “My office provides a library of resources for Michiganders to ensure they know how to spot and stop attempts to rob them of their personal information. We all must look for warning signs such as misspelled words, unrecognizable email addresses and suspicious links in the emails we receive.”

Nessel wants consumers to keep the following in mind:

  • Misspelled words or poor grammar in the subject line or body of the email are red flags identifying a scam.
  • The name listed on the “from” line is not always an indication of who is emailing you. Pay close attention to the actual email address. If that email address doesn’t match up with what you know to be correct or is abnormally long, it’s likely a phishing scam.
  • Always be cautious of any unsolicited requests for any personal information. LARA will not contact you directly asking for personal information.
  • Do not respond to, or open hyperlinks in email or text messages about validating your personal data.