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Michigan Drivers Warned of Potential Auto Insurance Reimbursement Scams | State

LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said drivers should watch out for potential car insurance reimbursement scams.

Auto insurance companies have until May 9 to send reimbursements of $400 per vehicle to eligible policyholders. The money comes from the surplus of the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association.

“You don’t have to do anything to receive your reimbursement. It will be issued automatically by your insurance company and only as a direct deposit or will be mailed to you as a check,” said Anita Fox, director of the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services.

Nessel reminded drivers Thursday that the money would come in the form of a paper check in the mail or an automatic payment to their account. No one will call, write or email drivers asking for their personal information.

Nor can insurance companies require drivers to get reimbursed in the form of gift cards, premium rebates, or account credits for future car insurance policy payments.

Nessel specifically reminded vehicle owners to watch out for identity theft scams, where scammers pretend to work for an insurance company or government agency to discuss reimbursement details.

Anyone contacted by someone claiming to need personal information before receiving the money should call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Team at 1-877-765-8388.