While these auctions may be a good way to find a deal, you should do your research before you bid.
You may have seen the advertisements before: "County Sheriff Seized Property Auction," "Drug Dealers Seized Assets Up For Auction," "Items Previously Seized by Customs," "Spectacular Estate Auctions," and the list goes on.
The Attorney General provides Consumer Alerts to inform the public of unfair, misleading, or deceptive business practices, and to provide information and guidance on other issues of concern.
Consumer Alerts are not legal advice, legal authority, or a binding legal opinion from the Department of Attorney General.
If you would like to confirm that a person or company claiming to be "registered" is in fact registered with the State of Michigan, please visit the Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth's licensee search page at You may also contact the Better Business Bureau and the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division to see whether there are unresolved complaints against the auctioneer.