Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is warning residents about scam artists and criminals that are targeting consumers' personal electronic devices through malicious software. Schuette issued the alert through his Consumer Protection Division and is offering helpful tips to protect phones, tablets, computers and other mobile technology.

Schuette said "with a single click, cybercriminals could take control of your device at any minute. I urge Michigan citizens to protect their electronic devices from vicious software that wreaks havoc, opening the door for criminals to access your personal information."

Malware is malicious software that cause personal electronic devices to repeatedly crash. It's also designed to monitor computers, has the potential to steal consumers' personal information, or commit other types of fraud. Scammers often create official looking emails to trick people to download Malware that appear to be from governmental offices and businesses. Other personal devices at risk include smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices.

Schuette is offering up these tips on how to avoid the risk of Malware:

  • Be cautious about opening any type of attachment or downloading any file from emails.
  • If you get an email or pop-up message that asks for personal or financial information, do not reply and do not click on that link.
  • If you receive an email from a familiar online merchant, before opening, compare the order number to the receipt printed.
  • If you are concerned with the legitimacy of an email, contact the organization mentioned in the email to gain further information.
  • Install anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall software on your personal devices and keep them up to date.

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