This week, I issued a Consumer Alert for those last-minute tax filers, warning them not to use public Wi-Fi when preparing or uploading sensitive information.
Hackers exploit vulnerabilities in public Wi-Fi to steal personal information through multiple schemes, but these schemes are usually avoidable if the correct precautions are taken.
Here are some tips to help protect your information online:
- Never use public Wi-Fi to file taxes or access apps that contain personal or financial information;
- Do not stay permanently logged in to accounts—even if an app is running in the background, a hacker could still access the information; and
- Use a cellular connection if accessing private information in public is necessary.
By taking steps to safely prepare and file your taxes, you can avoid hackers and help us build a Stronger, Safer Florida.
In The News
Trial begins in Florida opioid lawsuit case against Walgreens, WFLA Tampa
Florida joins legal challenge against plan to end Title 42, Florida Politics
Top Florida ‘Sex, Money, Murder’ gang leaders arrested after year-long investigation, WMBB Panama City
41 members of Bloods-affiliated Sex Money Murder gang arrested in Florida, ABC Action News
Hillsborough deputy awarded for adopting child after horrific murder case, WFLA Tampa
Capitol hosts Special Olympics Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run, ABC 27 Tallahassee
Attorney General Moody, Sheriff Judd and FDLE Dismantle Bloods-Affiliated Sex Money Murder Gang Operating in Florida
Attorney General Ashley Moody, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced the arrests of 13 gang leaders who are part of the Bloods-affiliated Sex Money Murder gang. All but two of the defendants belong to the Florida section of the SMM gang. One of those arrested holds a state-level leadership position in the North Carolina section of SMM. The defendants face a wide array of charges stemming from gang activity that included a complex scheme to deal drugs in state prisons. Charges include racketeering, directing the activities of a criminal gang, witness tampering and conspiracy to commit murder.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “This massive law enforcement operation eliminated the main state leadership of a notorious, nationwide gang operating across Florida. Our law enforcement heroes put in countless hours and risked their own safety to take down gangsters who demonstrated a complete lack of respect for human life. Because of these officers and my Statewide Prosecutors, we are all safer, and their actions will have far-reaching, positive implications on communities across the state.” Read More
Attorney General Moody Announces Arrests of 24 Members of a Drug Related EnterpriseAttorney General Ashley Moody is announcing the arrests of 24 members of a drug-related enterprise. The cooperative efforts of the groups investigating found, through numerous search warrants and undercover purchases, multiple substances of fentanyl and cocaine were identified at the locations. Eliminating these illicit drugs from our streets will save thousands of lives since just one pill of fentanyl can kill.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “This drug trafficking organization sold illicit pills, power and capsules containing the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl. They marketed the drugs as heroin and it is highly likely that users were clueless about what they were buying. Just one pill laced with fentanyl can kill, and I have no doubt that this joint effort involving DEA, Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office and my Statewide Prosecutors will save lives as we take these drugs off our streets and throw the poison peddlers behind bars.” Read More
Attorney General Moody is Taking Legal Action to Prevent the Mass Influx of Immigrants at Nation’s Southwest BorderDuring the nation’s worst border crisis in decades, the Biden administration is planning to rescind the Title 42 Order, which would spur mass immigration at the U.S. southwest border and overwhelm federal authorities. Attorney General Ashley Moody is taking action to keep the Title 42 Order in place. Attorney General Moody is joined by 20 other attorneys general in filing an amended complaint to a previous action filed by Arizona, Louisiana, and Missouri.
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BACK THE BLUE ALERT: Attorney General Moody Presents Back the Blue Award to Corporal Who Adopted Child Victim of Heinous Crime
Attorney General Ashley Moody presented a Back the Blue Award to Corporal Mike Blair of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. In March 2018, Corporal Blair, working as a homicide detective for HCSO, responded to a call about a family being murdered by their father. The son, Ronnie, escaped despite being stabbed and burned during his father's rampage. Drawn to the child’s courage, Corporal Blair’s family adopted Ronnie and is now raising him as their own.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “It’s situations like this that not only define who you are as an officer, but who you are as a human being. Corporal Blair has held many titles throughout his career, but I believe one of the most impressive titles he has earned is father. Corporal Blair is a hero, and I cannot thank him enough for his service to Florida and especially to his son Ronnie.” Read More
This week, Attorney General Ashley Moody hosted the 2022 Law Enforcement Torch Run outside the Florida Capitol.
Office of the Attorney General staff participating in the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Forty-five members of the office took part in the two-mile race benefiting Special Olympics Florida.
Attorney General Moody, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announcing the arrests of more than 40 members of the Sex Money Murder gang in Florida.
Attorney General Moody presenting a Back the Blue Award to Corporal Mike Blair of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Corporal Blair adopted a child victim named Ronnie who was left parentless after escaping a heinous crime. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister and Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis joined Attorney General Moody in recognizing Corporal Blair.
Attorney General Moody speaking at a Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Association luncheon recognizing the contributions of administrative assistants in law enforcement agencies.