May 16, 2022

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Michigan drivers warned about potential auto insurance refund scams | State

LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said drivers should watch out for potential auto insurance refund scams. 

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

“You do not need to take any action to receive your refund. It will be issued automatically by your insurance company and only as a direct deposit or mailed to you as a check,” said Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services Director Anita Fox.

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

Insurance companies also can’t require drivers to get their refund in the form of gift cards, premium discounts or account credits for future auto insurance policy payments.

Nessel specifically reminded vehicle owners to watch for impersonation scams, where scammers claim to work for an insurance company or government agency to discuss details about the refund.

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.