Florida Attorney General – Scams At A Glance

Attorney General Ashley Moody released a resource for Floridians to use for protection against fraud as the state and nation continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Scams at a Glance is an outreach program complete with a webpage on the Florida Attorney General’s website with information about common and emerging scams. The webpage also provides downloadable brochures designed to teach consumers how to avoid falling victim to fraud. The brochures and other information on the website are available in both English and Spanish. Scams highlighted include imposter scams, tech support scams and more. Savvy consumers can stop fraud in its tracks, but they must know what to look for.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “One of the lessons we are learning from the current health crisis, is that scammers are willing to exploit any emergency to swindle consumers. Throughout this crisis, we have been working hard to stop scammers and prevent consumer fraud. I want Floridians to have the tools they need to fight back and that is why Scams at a Glance is so important. This program is a tool of knowledge against common scams so that Floridians and their loved ones will be protected as we continue to battle the coronavirus.”

Some general signs of common scams include:

Unsolicited calls or emails;
High-pressure tactics or too-good-to-be-true offers;
Threats of loss if immediate action is not taken; and Requests for immediate payment by wire transfer, credit, prepaid debit, or gift cards.
Attorney General Moody is also working hard to educate Floridians about new and upcoming scams through the Consumer Alert program. Scams at a Glance is
another fraud prevention tool to help support Consumer Alerts and bolster consumer knowledge about common scam tactics.
To view recent Consumer Alerts, visit MyFloridaLegal.com/ConsumerAlert.
To report fraud or file a complaint, visit MyFloridaLegal.com or call 1(866) 9NO-SCAM

IRS Imposters
IRS Scams usually begin with a phone call from someone posing as an IRS agent claiming that a person failed to file their tax return or owes back taxes. Don’t fall for this trick, learn more to protect yourself.

Charity Scams
Scam artists prey on the goodwill of others by posing as representatives of legitimate charities or creating fictitious charities in order to solicit funds online, in person or over the phone.

Tax Identity Theft

As tax season kicks off, it is important to know what to look for in a tax preparer, warning signs that a fraudulent tax return may have been submitted and tips to help prevent tax identity theft.

Cryptocurrency Scams
With the quick rise in popularity of cryptocurrency, scammers may prey on the unsuspecting.

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