How not to get scammed

Michigan drivers with auto insurance expect reimbursement of $400 per vehicle.

Scammers are also waiting – looking to intercept payment or steal personal information.

So how can you protect yourself and still get your money? If your information is up to date with your insurance company, you will receive this money electronically or a check will arrive in the mail. You won’t have to take any extra steps to get your money.

Read: Michigan auto insurers to begin issuing $400 reimbursements to drivers

The funds were released by the MCCA to the insurance companies on March 9. The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) has ordered insurers to issue refund checks or ACH deposits to consumers no later than 60 days after funds are transferred.

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“Whenever there is a widespread distribution of funds to consumers, there will inevitably be bad actors who try to take advantage of the situation to steal personal information or money from consumers,” the DIFS director said. , Anita Fox. “Your reimbursement check or ACH deposit will come directly from your insurer, and you won’t have to do anything to receive it. Never give personal information to a caller claiming to be from your insurance company.

Some scammers send text messages, informing customers that they need to register or share their personal information to get paid. Others ask potential victims to verify their banking information. If you receive such a message, it is probably a scam. Find your insurance number and contact them directly.

If you are contacted by someone claiming to be a representative of the MCCA, your auto insurance company, or other official, end the communication immediately and contact your auto insurer directly.

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If you have a question or concern that cannot be resolved by your insurer, you may contact DIFS by calling Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 833-ASK-DIFS (833-275-3437) or by emailing email to [email protected]

Click here to learn more about DIFS.

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