As COVID cases have spread, so have internet financial scams that usually victimize well-intentioned Americans. Fortunately, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has made protecting FL citizens from these scams a top priority in her department.
Throughout her term, AG Moody's Consumer Protection Division has secured more than $260 million in restitution to Floridians. This has been an effort from Moody since 2019, however hit the state harder with COVID-19 coinciding with the problem.
The aforementioned scams conventionally come through emails, texts, and robocalls in efforts to steal money and personal identities, something the sharpest people can fall victim to.
Although Florida is still under a state of emergency, the price gouging hotline Moody kicked off has remained online, with recording over 10,000 solved cases.
Moody yesterday said in a statement updating Florida on the progress:
"I am proud of the response by my Consumer Protection attorneys and investigators quickly adapting to this new enivoronment to protect Floridians from fraud and deception.", Moody adds, "Because of their hard work, we have recoverd millions of dollars for consumers and helped prevent countless Floridians from falling victim to emerging scams by issuing Consumer Alerts as we learn of new schemes."
Moody also informed the public, "This Consumer Protection week, we will focus on some of the great work these dedicated public servants are doing to help build a Stronger, Safer Florida."
Moody, along with her Consumer Protection project, has a proven record of defending the public consumer in the state of Florida, with some notable cases such as: the State of Florida v. Client Care Experts, the State of Florida v. Ocwen Financial Corps, State of Florida v. PEAKS Trust, Guiribiety Cosmetic and Beauty Institute Inc., and FTC and State of Florida v. American Veterans Foundation and Paul Monville