While no charity fraud complaints have been filed with the Attorney General's Office at this time, Moody offered a reminder to anyone donating to the victims of the Surfside building collapse to remain alert and on guard against scammers looking to exploit this disaster for personal gain.
The holidays mark a peak time for pet purchases as many Florida families look to welcome new four-legged friends into their homes. Unfortunately, this is also when scams that target consumers with phony or deceptive pet ads run rampant. Even worse, scammers may attempt to sell sick animals, animals with disorders, or returned animals previously deemed unfit for sale to unknowing consumers. Moody urged consumers to use caution when purchasing a pet this holiday season.
This latest scam impersonates the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The Attorney General’s Office offered a reminder to taxpayers that the federal government and state agencies will never require personal banking information to be disclosed via text message to receive stimulus payments.
The agreement resolves allegations that Honda concealed safety issues related to defects in the frontal airbag systems installed in certain Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the United States. Takata Corporation, a long-time Honda supplier, designed and manufactured the systems with first installations in 2001 Honda model vehicles.
“These deceitful utility scammers can sound persuasive on the phone and will use scare tactics to trick consumers into making false payments,” Moody said. “Consumers should be suspicious of any unsolicited phone call demanding money and report any suspicious activity to our office.”