AG Nessel reinstates consumer alerts after reported fake landlord scam


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Attorney General Dana Nessel has reissued multiple consumer alerts related to a “fake landlord” scam based out of Detroit.

The alerts come just a week after NBC News and Outlier Media published findings from a four-month investigation focused on the “fake landlord” scam in the city.

The report notes that in some cases, “people who have lost their house to foreclosure have kept collecting rent from tenants without letting on that they’re no longer the landlord. In others, con artists have broken into vacant houses, changed the locks, listed them for sale or rent, then collected payments from victims. Some fake sellers have even filed false deeds to make fake sales look legitimate, lawyers and experts say.”

I was appalled and saddened to read the hardship these victims are facing at the hands of scam artists who target tenants. The best way to prevent a scam from…

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