Attorney General Moody's Week In Review
Hurricane Dorian is headed in our direction, and Floridians need to prepare now. If you haven’t already, stock up on food and water, know evacuation routes and take steps to guard against scams.
One of the most common storm-related scams we see is price gouging. During a declared state of emergency, it’s unlawful to sell essential commodities for an amount that grossly exceeds the average price 30 days before the declaration.
I have activated Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline so Floridians statewide can report price gouging allegations directly to our office.
You can help by downloading our new reporting app—NO SCAM.
NO SCAM allows users in real-time to:
· Send pictures of prices on signs and products;
· Capture and report receipts;
· Write narratives of interactions with sellers; and
· Upload additional documentation directly to my office.
For directions to download the app and tips to report price gouging, visit MyFloridaLegal.com.
By preparing now, and knowing how to report price gouging, you can help us build a stronger safer Florida.
In The News
Florida activates price gouging hotline ahead of Hurricane Dorian, WTXL Tallahassee
Hurricane Dorian: Attorney’s general app helps report price gouging, WINK News
Florida attorney general encourages residents to report price gouging, use new app ahead of storm, Action News Jax
Phishing scams on the rise after Equifax data breach, WMBB Panama City
Attorney General seeks state court help with Bruno Total Home investigation, Naples Daily News
Moody wraps up summer mental health series, (NSF) WJXT Jacksonville
Judges seek expanded mental health services in justice system, (CNS) WJHG Panama City
Scammers Now Targeting Equifax Settlement Efforts, WUWF Radio
Moody continues nationwide effort to stop illegal robocalls, Highlands News-Sun
VIDEO RELEASE: Attorney General Moody Urges FCC to Strengthen Efforts to Stop Robocalls
Attorney General Ashley Moody is urging the Federal Communications Commission to encourage telecom companies to implement call blocking and to require call authentication solutions that would protect consumers from illegal robocalls and spoofing. The request comes days after Attorney General Moody and a bipartisan public-private coalition of 51 attorneys general and twelve phone companies unveiled Anti-Robocall Principles to fight illegal robocalls last week. For more on the principles, click here.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Protecting Floridians is my top priority and one way we can better protect consumers is by stopping illegal robocalls. In addition to being very frustrating, these illegal robocalls often initiate scams. I’m proud to join this multistate bipartisan coalition of attorneys general to urge the FCC to take action and to work jointly with the nation’s top phone companies to prevent and investigate illegal robocalls.” More.
Attorney General Moody Names Appointments to Statewide Task Force on Opioid Abuse
Attorney General Ashley Moody appointed three Floridians to the Statewide Task Force on Opioid Abuse. Attorney General Moody’s appointees are former-Representative Jim Boyd, Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma and CEO of DACCO Behavior Health Mary Lynn Ulrey. Attorney General Moody serves as Chair of the task force established earlier this year through an Executive Order by Governor Ron DeSantis.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “As Chair of the Statewide Task Force on Opioid Abuse, I am pleased to announce these three talented Floridians are joining our efforts to aggressively fight the opioid crisis in Florida. The experience they bring to our group will be extremely vital as we work to find effective solutions to address opioid abuse and mitigate the destruction this crisis has caused Florida families and communities.” More.
Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Arrests Crestview Woman for Abuse of Disabled Adult
Attorney General Ashley Moody announced the arrest of a Crestview woman for abuse of a disabled woman. Tuesday, the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested Angelia Maddox. The arrest followed an investigation by Attorney General Moody’s MFCU. More.
This week, Attorney General Ashley Moody discussed Florida’s preparations for Hurricane Dorian with emergency managers at the Florida Division of Emergency Management’s Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee.
Attorney General Moody at the Jacksonville Emergency Operations Center with local emergency responders for a briefing on Hurricane Dorian. Attorney General Moody urges all Floridians to make necessary storm preparations now before the storm arrives.
AG Moody, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams, Chief Fire Deputy Director Todd Smith, and Mayor Lenny Curry
Attorney General Moody is encouraging Floridians to prepare for a hurricane strike now and to report gouging to her office by calling (866) 9NO-SCAM or by downloading the NO SCAM app.