The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is aware of an instance in which a scammer is spoofing the phone number to an MDHHS office to try to sell people health insurance coverage. There was a report of a call that was spoofing the phone number of the MDHHS Gratiot/7 Mile Road office in Wayne County.
To seem more official, scammers often use a process known as "spoofing" - when a call appears to be coming from a legitimate government phone number. The caller may also sound professional and be very persuasive.
Anyone who receives a phone call they suspect to be a scam should hang up the phone. No one should give out personal information to an unsolicited caller. Those who wish to make a report about potential scams, price-gouging and any other violation of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act can do so with the Attorney General's Consumer Protection team by filing a complaint online or by calling 877-765-8388.
Effective Dec. 1, 2019 MDHHS changed the asset tests used as part of determining eligibility for the Food Assistance Program, State Emergency Relief and cash assistance programs including the Family Independence Program. Find out details here. FAQ Here.