Help is available for Michigan residents facing tough financial times during the pandemic, according to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. But she also warns against bad actors attempting to steal from those seeking relief.
“As this nation continues to grapple with the impact of COVID-19 on just about every facet of life, it’s important that Michiganders are aware of federal programs available to them,” said Nessel. “With temporary halts on evictions for those eligible, mortgage payment forbearance and a continued pause on federal student loan payments, it’s important to remain on alert for scammers seeking to capitalize off of these opportunities. That is why my office wants to ensure that people remember they do not have to pay for these benefits. If you receive a call, email or text demanding that you provide personal information like your Social Security, bank account or credit card number, do not fall for it.”
The Federal Trade Commission has information and updates to the following relief programs:
Renters: The temporary stop on evictions for certain renters now runs through March 31. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has information on who is eligible and the steps to take.
Homeowners: For those struggling to make federally backed mortgage payments because of the pandemic, payment forbearance may still be available, and the pause on foreclosures runs through at which mortgages are federally backed.
Consumer complaints can be filed online at the attorney general’s website or by calling (877) 765-8388.