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Michigan attorney general launches money mule campaign

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Money mules can be a cash cow for criminals, and the Michigan attorney general has begun a campaign to spread awareness of "money mule scams."

They are individuals who knowingly or unknowingly launder money for bad actors.

Red flags include when someone asks for your bank information or the username and password of your unemployment benefits.

"Someone will put forward this request of, 'Hey, I have this amount of money that I need to transfer. I’m not able to get it to my bank, could you help me out by putting it in yours? And later I will give you instructions of where to send that money,' said Lynsey Mukomel, Press Secretary for Michigan's attorney general.

There are different ways for someone to become a money mule, she said. It can be through emails advertising easy jobs you can do at home, messaging through social media, and even matching with someone on a dating app.

“It’s really important that individuals keep this in mind of something that is out there and lurking because, of course, bad actors are always trying to take advantage of our current realities," she said.

Mukomel said money mules have become more common as people shift to working remotely. People can be charged with aiding a criminal if they engage in the scams.

If you think you are being used to launder money, you should contact law enforcement.