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One of the most common cyber attacks that Michigan residents experience is phishing. While this type of digital threat is not new, phishing campaigns are continuing to increase in their frequency and sophistication. They have also become important parts of other cyber crimes, such as ransomware attacks.
Don't get hooked. Protect yourself by learning more about phishing and what resources the State of Michigan offers to help combat and respond to phishing attempts.
Phishing scams are attempts by criminals and other malicious individuals to trick users into giving up sensitive information, using:
A successful phishing attempt can result in compromised online accounts, from email and social media to bank accounts. Recovering from a successful phishing attack can take a great deal of time and effort, and compromised accounts are often used to target victims' friends and family.
During a phishing attempt, you may receive a communication that:
If you suspect that you are part of a phishing scam, trust your instincts.
If you aren't sure about a message or call that seems urgent being a phishing attempt:
First, protect yourself with Michigan Secure. This free mobile device protection app available to Michigan residents warns you when suspicious activity, such as a malicious app, or a questionable link, is detected on your device. Best of all, Michigan Secure protects your mobile device without collecting or transmitting your personal information.
If you would like details on recent phishing scams, visit the State of Michigan Attorney General's Consumer Alerts site. If you believe that you may be the victim of a phishing scam, complete the Michigan Attorney General Consumer Complaint Form.
If you suspect that your business or organization may have been the victim of a large-scale phishing activity, contact the Michigan State Police's Michigan Cyber Command Center (MC3) by calling 1-877-MI-CYBER or emailing MC3@michigan.gov.