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Secretary Of State Promotes Tip Line For Reporting Fraud

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Fraud continues to be a growing threat in our nation and in our state.  That’s why the Michigan, Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson is making it easier for residents to report fraud.  Her office just announced that a telephone tip line is now available.  

“We’ve had growing amounts of people contact us, with allegations of fraud and we wanted to put out a tip line allowing people to know how to contact us.”

That’s Fred Woodhams… Spokesperson for Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson’s office.  The Tip Line allows callers to report suspicious or suspected fraudulent activity.

“People have reached out to us to say that this person’s selling fake insurance documents on craigslist or facebook and we are aware of people trying to sell bad titles or stolen vehicles. That’s usually the way they do that is through fraudulent title work.”

Woodhams says with so much fraud activity going on, they take fraud tips seriously.

“The Secretary of State’s Office deals with many items of personal information. Obviously we issue drivers licenses and we take the integrity of those documents very seriously.  So we will have investigators follow up when there are allegations of fraud.”

Woodhams adds, when needed, they will refer what they’ve found over to criminal investigators to ensure that perpetrators are prosecuted.  If you suspect fraud, the toll free tip line number is 1-844-372-8356.  You can also email the Secretary of State’s Office of Investigative services at sos-ois@michigan.gov.

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.