Thursday, June 24, 2021
With rental car availability at an all-time low, prices are sky-high. If consumers suddenly find an available car at a cheap price, it may be a scammer looking to cash in on the rental shortage. Scammers are posing as rental car companies, setting up their own websites, and advertising fake customer service phone numbers, all to convince travelers they’re legit. Then, they’re asking people to pre-pay for the rental — with a gift card or prepaid debit card.
The report shows Florida’s total crime volume dropped 14.1 percent, or 76,523 fewer reported index crimes, compared to 2019.
The COVID-19 vaccine survey scam reportedly involves messages from scammers impersonating relatives, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccine providers or other sources. The content of the messages may offer reward money or prizes for filling out the phony survey after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, as reported by the Department of Justice.
This week, state Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis warned Florida consumers to beware of mobile phone app fraud as a recent report suggests nearly two percent of the top 1,000 App Store titles are some form of scam. 
Moody urged Floridians to take steps to increase personal safety as a way to help law enforcement. 
The main reason for this surge in fake vaccine cards has been the economy reopening, including tourist destinations across Florida.
Phantom debt scammers often pose as legitimate creditors or company representatives attempting to collect valid debts.
Common real estate scams include escrow wire fraud, rental scams, loan-flipping scams and foreclosure relief scams.
The bill “will establish a new grant program to promote re-entry training and reduce recidivism among non-violent inmates.”