FLINT, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is warning Flint residents as they deal with hardships stemming from the contamination of their drinking water that these types of crises can also create opportunities for scam artists.

Schuette’s Consumer Protection Division released a consumer alert to help Flint residents protect themselves by being aware of potential scams.

"The outpouring of support and volunteerism in Flint is a reassuring sign of the warmth and compassion Michiganders have for one another, especially during a crisis, and I strongly encourage those in need to seek help,” Schuette said. “But, even in these times of generosity and need, we must be aware of the common scams that could further hurt Flint families and those attempting to assist them. That can be done with a few simple steps before taking action.”

Schuette further said that some of the most common scams in these situations are charitable giving and home and business repair scams. Michigan residents and small businesses may always be at risk for scams, but the crisis may draw the attention of more scam artists than usual, Schuette's office states.

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