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Florida Ranks in the Top 10 States When it Comes to Identity Theft

This week, McAfee looked at identity theft across the nation and found Florida ranked in the top 10 states when it comes to incidents on that front. In the new report, McAfee examined Federal Trade...
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Nikki Fried Offers Tips to Help Seniors Avoid Being Scammed

With May marking Older Americans Month, last week, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumers Services Nikki Fried shared tips to recognize and avoid consumer fraud scams, specifically those that target seniors. “With $3 billion in...

Jimmy Patronis Warns Floridians as FTC Reports 70 Percent Increase in Fraud Losses

This week, state Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis cautioned Floridians about a major rise in fraud losses nationwide and offering tips to prevent scams. Recent data from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) revealed that...

Florida Congresswomen: FTC Needs to Do More to Investigate Gas Price Gouging

Last week, U.S. Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., introduced the “Oil and Gas Industry Antitrust Act.” The bill will “require the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate price manipulation in the gasoline market, including refinery capacity...
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FTC: Consumer Fraud Rose 70 Percent Last Year

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a report showing fraud drastically increased last year. The reported noted consumers calling into the FTC reported losses totaling $5.8 billion in fraud last year, a 70 percent increase...

Ted Deutch, Vern Buchanan Get Seniors Fraud Prevention Act Signed Into Law

Last week, two Florida congressmen got their proposal battling fraud against seniors through the signed into law. Back in 2013, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., teamed up with U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., to introduce...

Ashley Moody Calls on FTC to Create National Rule to Target Impersonation Scams

This week, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody announced she is leading a multistate effort calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to adopt a national rule to target impersonation scams. Along with 48 other attorneys...
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Jimmy Patronis Warns Floridians About Tax Scams

With recent reports that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) expecting backlogs, staffing shortages and delays in returns, last week state Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis warned Floridians to be aware of scam artists...

Ashley Moody Warns About Robotexts Which Are Now More Prevalent than Robocalls

This week, state Attorney General Ashley Moody issued a Consumer Alert warning Floridians of the rise in robotexts. Robotexts have existed for a while, but with Americans on track to receive 86 billion automated text...
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Ashley Moody Announces Second Round of Refunds for Floridians Victimized by Debt Relief Schemes

More than 1,200 Floridians will be receiving a second round of checks totaling nearly $340,000 in the coming weeks due to judgments the Florida Attorney General’s Office and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) obtained...
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Ashley Moody, FTC Recover $1.8 Million for Customers Hit by Robocall Scheme

Consumers nationwide will receive $1.8 million in refunds as a result of actions taken by state Attorney General Ashley Moody and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to shut down a massive robocall scheme. Recipients include...
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Jimmy Patronis Calls on Floridians to Be Wary of Fraud Schemes

In recognition of International Fraud Awareness Week, this week, state Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis encouraged Floridians to learn more about the latest fraud schemes and is sharing tips so you can better...
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