Attorney General Moody's Week In Review
Super Bowl LV has finally arrived! It is an exciting time and Florida is honored to host the National Football League’s championship game for the second straight year. Thousands of fans are here in our state to watch and participate in the festivities surrounding this global event. While visitors will create a boon for our economy, we know criminals will try to exploit the occasion to make a dishonest dollar.
With kickoff scheduled for Sunday night, we have been hard at work preparing for a potential increase in human trafficking in the Tampa Bay area. This week, I gathered business, community and law enforcement leaders who have joined our efforts to stop human trafficking ahead of the big game. Just like the Bucs, we are heading into the week with homefield advantage, and we’re familiar with our opponents.
One of the best defenses we have in our fight against human trafficking is bringing awareness to the public. Our team has been working overtime to deliver resources and educational material leading up to the Super Bowl. Over the past few weeks, we have equipped thousands of Floridians to help us spot and report human trafficking; but training camp is over, and it is game time.
To learn more about the efforts we have made to eliminate human trafficking in Florida ahead of this year’s Super Bowl, click here.
Learn how to spot and report the signs of human trafficking by visiting YouCanStopHT.com.
The Super Bowl should be celebrated and enjoyed safely, and, for the most part, that is the goal for those eagerly awaiting the big game. For those with less than good intentions, we have a legion of well-trained citizens on the lookout to stop you from exploiting this great event. If you attempt to engage in illegal activity this weekend, you may end up in jail.
By working together to stop human trafficking and rescue victims, we will build a Stronger, Safer Florida.
In The News
Officials Crack Down on Human Trafficking As Super Bowl Comes To Tampa, WUSF Public Media
Prepare to see changes around Tampa leading up to Super Bowl LV, CBS 10 Tampa Bay
Florida attorney general warns of human trafficking ahead of Tampa Super Bowl, News4Jax
WATCH: Attorney General Moody Issues Tips to Protect Sensitive Information, Space Coast Daily
Florida Attorney General warns against posting COVID-19 vaccine cards on social media, WSVN
Why you shouldn’t post your COVID-19 vaccination card on social media, WFLA Tampa
Don’t post vaccine card selfies, Florida’s attorney general says, citing sammers, Tallahassee Democrat
Florida To Get $40 Million In McKinsey Opioid Settlement, WLRN Miami
VIDEO: Attorney General Moody Secures $40 Million for Florida from Company Marketing Opioid Medications
Attorney General Ashley Moody is securing millions of dollars for Florida through efforts to hold accountable corporations responsible for helping fuel the deadly opioid epidemic. Attorney General Moody announced the results of a multimillion-dollar action against a marketing company that helped turbocharge the opioid epidemic through a marketing collaboration with Purdue Pharma.
Florida joins a coalition of attorneys general from 47 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories in the $573 million action with one of the world’s largest consulting firms, McKinsey & Company. The multistate action resolves investigations into the company’s role in working for opioid companies to help promote products that fueled the opioid epidemic. As a result, Florida will receive more than $40 million—a majority of which will be made available for allocation by Florida lawmakers during this critical time.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “I’m pleased this money will be available to help Floridians very soon, and I will work alongside our great legislative leaders to ensure funds are allocated to areas hit hard by the opioid crisis. While securing these funds is a great win for Florida, our work is far from over, and I remain committed to fighting tooth and nail, both inside and outside the courtroom, to stop the death and destruction inflicted on Florida families by opioid abuse.” More.
Attorney General Moody Warns of Tax Identity Theft Scams as Identity Theft Awareness Week Kicks Off
Attorney General Ashley Moody unveiled a new Scams at a Glance resource to help Floridians avoid tax identity theft in recognition of Identity Theft Awareness Week. Attorney General Moody is participating in the Federal Trade Commission’s annual launch of Identity Theft Awareness Week to help provide consumers with resources and tips to protect finances and personal information. With Floridians beginning to file 2020 taxes, the new Scams at a Glance: Tax Identity Theft brochure is designed to help taxpayers avoid identity thieves attempting to gain access to personal information through tax-filing schemes.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has created new opportunities for scammers and hackers to prey on Floridians, and I expect their determination to steal your identity this tax season will only become more emboldened and brazen. Focusing on potential tax scams as tax season kicks off will provide another tool for consumers as Identity Theft Awareness Week launches. My office will continue its dedication to protecting consumers and providing tips on how to stay one step ahead of these high-tech swindlers.” More.
CONSUMER ALERT: Do Not Post Your COVID-19 Vaccine Card on Social Media
Attorney General Ashley Moody issued a Consumer Alert warning Floridians about posting COVID-19 vaccine cards online. Vaccination cards issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include the recipient’s full name, birthdate and vaccine location—information scammers can use to hack online accounts or commit identity fraud.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “It’s exciting to see so many people eager to share news that they are vaccinated against the coronavirus. While the vaccine helps protect against the virus, posting your vaccine card on social media opens you up to another type of plague—the epidemic of scammers scouring the internet for personal information they can use to steal your identity or hack financial accounts.” More.
This week, Attorney General Ashley Moody joined Governor Ron DeSantis, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Commissoner of Agriculture Nikki Fried for a meeting of the Florida Cabinet at the State Capitol. To view the meeting, click here.
Attorney General Moody accepted a friendly Super Bowl wager with Missouri Attorney General Schmitt. If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win, Attorney General Schmitt will send Attorney General Moody some Kansas City barbeque. If the Kansas City Chiefs win, Attorney General Moody will send a tray of Florida oranges and a Tampa Cuban sandwich to Attorney General Schmitt. Go Bucs!