Scammers are getting more and more better at trying to convince you to fall for the scam they are putting out.

There have been several scams in recent months that have been causing devastation for many.

New Scam Alert Hitting Michigan:

There's a new, and very convincing scam that is affecting us here in Michigan, and across the country too.

There is a brand new phone scam that is hitting us here in Michigan, and the hackers have finally figured out how to make their numbers look like they are an official government number.


No, You Didn't Miss Jury Duty

It is honestly the most foul way to scam someone, and they're doing it! Scammers now are trying to target you by saying that you've missed your jury summons.

Jury duty is a civic duty that all of us have to attend when summoned, whether you want it to or not. There are some legal ramifications that do occur if failed to show up for jury duty, which can include fines or jail time if missed.

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How Do You Avoid This Scam?

Honestly, a good step to avoid any scam that involves money, is to keep in mind, no business (that is legitimate), will ask for money from you over the phone.

If you ever have questions or feel that it could be legit, the best action would be to hang up and call the actual number for the company, and verify with another rep/person over the phone. However, no official government agency will ask for money over the phone.

8 Things To Do If You Paid A Phone Scammer

Merciless phone scammers are targeting unaware folks with schemes involving pleas for charity, car warranties, unpaid traffic tickets, you name it. The Federal Trade Commission says, "Scammers often ask you to pay in ways that make it tough to get your money back. No matter what payment method you used to pay, the sooner you act, the better."
If you have paid one of these scammers and then realize you have been scammed, here are 8 tips from the Federal Trade Commission, on what to do if you have paid a scammer.

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Ranking States with Most Online Scams 2022

Here's a state-by-state look, using data available from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), ranking states by total amount of money lost to fraud in 2022.

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