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Flint water crisis: Beware of scammers

Posted: 10:05 AM, Feb 03, 2016
Updated: 2016-02-03 10:05:09-05

Scammers are trying to cash in on the Flint water crisis.

People nationwide have opened up their wallets to help Flint residents, but now State Attorney General Bill Schuette warns scammers are looking to take advantage.

Authorities are sounding the alarm about people going door to door trying to rip people off by selling fraudulent warranties or fake insurance policies to Flint residents.

The scam is not just in Flint. Beware of people calling you up on the phone, asking for donations for the Flint crisis.

Be careful donating through sites like Go Fund Me, the money may not be for Flint. We found numerous crowd-funding campaigns online- not all of them are legitimate, so do your research before you donate any money.

You should only donate to established charitable organizations with a proven track records.

The Attorney General's office has a database: http://www.ag.state.mi.us/CharitableTrust/

If you have questions, call the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division, at 877-765-8388.