Scammers are using Dan Gilbert’s name to trick people into giving them personal information

Email claims that Gilbert is going to give away his money

An unusual new email scam is making the rounds using a famous name in hopes of luring new victims.

DETROIT – An unusual new email scam is making the rounds using a famous name in hopes of luring new victims. This time it isn’t a Nigerian price, it’s Dan Gilbert and his charitable foundation.

Gilbert is a successful businessman and philanthropist. People know and trust Gilbert’s name, which is why the scammers are using it. Now, even the FBI is involved in the investigation into the scam.

The email claims that Gilbert is going to give away his money. The scammers then ask for your personal information.

Millie Hall received the email and knew right away that it was a scam.

“I never think that they’re real because I don’t believe that people are going around giving you thousands and thousands of dollars,” Millie Hall said.

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About the Authors:

Hank Winchester is Local 4's Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV's "Help Me Hank" Consumer Unit. He works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off metro Detroiters.

Kayla is a Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit. Before she joined the team in 2018 she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.