Attorney General Moody's Week In Review
It will take a statewide team if we are going to beat COVID-19, and that is why I partnered with a Floridian who knows a lot about teamwork—University of Florida football legend and three-time Super Bowl Champion Emmitt Smith, to encourage Floridians to join our team in fighting the pandemic.
Emmitt and I are both proud UF graduates, and this week we teamed up to release a joint message to all Floridians to remind them we are all on the same team in this fight to stop the spread of the coronavirus. We are also encouraging Floridians to report scams and price gouging to help protect their neighbors from pandemic-related fraud schemes.
You can join us by reporting scams to my office by calling 1(866) 9NO-SCAM or visiting MyFloridaLegal.com. For more information about steps you can take to protect your health visit FloridaHealthCOVID19.gov.
I know there’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, and with social distancing you might feel isolated. But you’re not alone. We are all in this fight together.
Don’t let fear or scammers discourage you. Be strong and speak up—if someone is trying to take advantage of you.
With faith, hope and a little teamwork, we will make it through this pandemic stronger than ever.
Working together, we can stop the spread of COVID-19 and scammers trying to exploit the pandemic.
Stay safe, Florida.
In The News
WATCH: Attorney General Ashley Moody, UF Football Legend Emmitt Smith Speak on COVID-19, Space Coast Daily
NFL legend, Pensacola native Emmitt Smith shares encouraging message amid pandemic, WEAR Pensacola
Go Gators: Ashley Moody, Emmitt Smith team up in COVID-19 fight, Florida Politics
Ashley Moody touts progress on price gouging, threatens to ‘hold bad actors accountable’, Florida Politics
Ashley Moody Showcases Consumer Protection Division’s Efforts Against Price Gouging During Pandemic, Florida Daily
Moody issues subpoenas in price gouging investigations, WJXT Jacksonville
Florida companies investigated after price gouging complaint, WEAR Pensacola
Two Fort Myers companies accused of price gouging, WZVN Fort Myers
Ashley Moody Warns of More Fraud With Direct Deposit Stimulus Payments on the Way, Florida Daily
Protecting your stimulus money from hackers, FOX 35 Orlando
Ashley Moody Warns Of Scams With Stimulus Money, WJCT Public Media
Coronavirus Impact: Office Of Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody Warns Of Scams Ahead Of Stimulus Payments, CBS Miami
Florida Attorney General warns of scams with stimulus money, FOX 35 Orlando
‘Be suspicious’: Ashley Moody sounds alarm about stimulus scams, Florida Politics
CONSUMER ALERT: Florida Attorney General Warns Floridians About Scammers as Stimulus Checks Go Out, Space Coast Daily
Florida Attorney General warns of scams with stimulus money, Miami Times
COVID-19 UPDATE: Florida Attorney General’s Rapid Response Team Acts Quickly to Deter Price Gouging, Space Coast Daily
Ashley Moody, Florida Retailers Try to Crack Down on Hoarding, Price Gouging, Florida Daily
Attorney General Moody Works with Florida’s Senior Groups to Protect Older Floridians from COVID-19 Scams, Hernando Sun
SCAM ALERT: COVID-19 robocalls becoming more popular, WBBH Fort Myers
Watch out for South Florida scammers, WPLG Miami
Attorney General Ashley Moody warns of ‘Robocall Scams’ during COVID-19 crisis, WWSB Sarasota
Florida attorney general warns of spike in coronavirus-related robocalls, WJXT Jacksonville
Attorney General Ashley Moody Issues Consumer Alert Warning Floridians as COVID-19 Robocalls Increase, Space Coast Daily
COVID-19: Robocalls, census scams, price gouging prompt statewide warnings, crackdown, Sun Sentinel
VIDEO CONSUMER ALERT: Scammers Know Direct Deposit Stimulus Payments are on the Way
With stimulus payment deposits starting to flow in, Attorney General Ashley Moody is issuing a Consumer Alert to warn Floridians that scammers will try to take advantage of the unprecedented injection of cash into the U.S. economy. Millions of Americans with banking information on file with the Internal Revenue Service are beginning to receive direct deposits, and Floridians should take steps now to avoid falling prey to scams designed to steal payments, banking account numbers or other sensitive personal information.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Two trillion dollars are being pumped into the U.S. economy as millions of Americans are losing jobs. Commerce has drastically slowed in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19. Anytime a government offers financial relief to individuals or businesses, scammers will devise schemes to steal as much of it as possible.” More.
VIDEO: Attorney General Moody’s Office Issues 65 Subpoenas Related to Price Gouging
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Consumer Protection Division continues to fight price gouging—issuing investigative subpoenas, securing refunds and working to address consumer concerns in real time. Attorney General Moody activated the Price Gouging Hotline following the Governor’s COVID-19 emergency declaration. Since then, members of the Attorney General’s Rapid Response Team, Consumer Protection Division and Price Gouging Hotline have been working with a sense of urgency to deter price gouging.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “For more than a month now, my investigators and attorneys have been working diligently to deter price gouging, secure refunds and hold bad actors accountable. These efforts are producing results, and a large part of that success is due to the great information we are receiving from Floridians who do not want to see their neighbors taken advantage of during these challenging times. Please keep the reports coming and we will continue our efforts to deter price gouging and hold gougers accountable.” More.
VIDEO CONSUMER ALERT: COVID-19 Robocall Scams Abound
Attorney General Ashley Moody issued a Consumer Alert warning Floridians about an increase in COVID-19 related robocalls. Even before the crisis, robocalls were a continuing problem for many Floridians. Now that more Floridians than ever are working remotely and responding to an increasing volume of phone calls, some may find it difficult to ignore unknown numbers.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Times of crisis can bring out the best in people, as we are seeing with our brave medical professionals and first responders who are answering the call of duty in the face of this deadly pandemic. Sadly, they can also bring out the worst in people, like scammers exploiting the fear surrounding these challenging times, to try and steal personal or financial information. Floridians need to be on high alert to guard against scams—especially robocalls claiming to offer COVID-19 related products or benefits.” More.
VIDEO CONSUMER ALERT: Track Stimulus Payment to Prevent Fraud
Attorney General Ashley Moody issued a Consumer Alert urging Floridians who have not already received a stimulus payment from the federal government to take steps to avoid benefits-related scams. According to the Internal Revenue Service, millions of Americans have already received stimulus payments and millions more are still waiting on the emergency benefits. The IRS created a payment tracking tool for those still waiting.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “This new tool can help Floridians avoid stimulus-related fraud. By working directly with the IRS to track your payment—the likelihood of being duped by scammers sending fake messages designed to steal payments or personal information is greatly reduced. I want to encourage all Floridians to stay up-to-date on COVID-19 news and government actions associated with the pandemic, so they are better prepared to spot and report scams.” More.