Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
This week, I joined Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast to celebrate 15 years of partnership with the Seniors vs. Crime Unit and the Sheriff’s Office. The Seniors vs. Crime unit allows seniors to become involved in not only their own protection, but also that of fellow citizens. More than 2,000 senior volunteers are providing important assistance around the state to fight crime. These crime fighters are responsible for recovering millions for seniors targeted by con artists.
As Florida’s Attorney General, I am dedicated to protecting all Floridians, especially our senior citizens. And my Consumer Protection Division is working hard to stop fraudsters who often target seniors. Imposter scams are on the rise, with scammers pretending to be the IRS or businesses such as the local utility or a well-known tech repair company. Scammers hide behind these false identities to get seniors to pay for charges or fees not owed or for services not needed. By taking advantage of the urgency associated with a computer problem, fake tech support representatives use fear to trick seniors into paying for unneeded repairs. In Florida, we are fighting tech support scammers every day—and we have had a lot of success. My office has filed more cases against these types of scams than any other state agency in the country.
Other common scams seniors should watch out for include contractor and home repair scams, scams resulting in investment and financial fraud, identity theft, mortgage and foreclosure fraud. For more information, check out our consumer protection guide for seniors by clicking here.
We will continue to work together to protect our seniors here in Florida. Thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers for your superb service to Floridians.
Settlement Reached with Nationwide Regarding Data Breach
Attorney General Pam Bondi, 31 other state attorneys general and the District of Columbia announced a $5.5 million settlement reached with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and its subsidiary, Allied Property & Casualty Insurance Company, concerning an October 2012 data breach. The data breach resulted in the loss of personal information belonging to 1.27 million consumers, including their Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, credit scoring information and other personal data. Nationwide collected this personal information to provide insurance quotes to consumers applying for insurance. Nationwide’s alleged failure to apply a critical security patch led to the loss of the personal information.
The settlement requires Nationwide to take a number of steps to both generally update security practices and to ensure the timely application of patches and other updates to security software. Nationwide must also hire a technology officer responsible for monitoring and managing software and application security updates. The tech officer will supervise employees responsible for evaluating and coordinating the maintenance, management and application of all security patches and software and application security updates. More.
Attorney General Pam Bondi and Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast recognizing the volunteers of the Seniors vs. Crime Unit in Citrus County for their hard work protecting fellow seniors from scams.
Attorney General Bondi receiving the Florida Sheriff Association's Friend of the Sheriff Award. Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee and Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri awarded Attorney General Bondi for her efforts to work with lawmakers to pass HB 477 this past legislative session. This legislation adds fentanyl and its derivatives to Florida’s drug trafficking statute and gives law enforcement and state prosecutors the tools they need to investigate and prosecute drug traffickers selling these deadly substances. The new law will bolster continued efforts to combat the national opioid epidemic in Florida.
Attorney General Bondi visiting with Sheriff Gualtieri, a steadfast partner in getting dangerous drugs off Florida streets.
Attorney General Bondi thanking Sheriff David Gee and Hillsborough County Sheriff Deputies for their service.