SCAMS:

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At­tor­ney Gen­eral Ash­ley Moody and Agri­cul­ture Com­mis­sioner Nikki Fried are try­ing to fo­cus at­ten­tion on scams and price goug­ing that stem from the cri­sis.

With Florid­i­ans hun­kered down to pre­vent the spread of the coro­n­avirus, At­tor­ney Gen­eral Ash­ley Moody and Agri­cul­ture Com­mis­sioner Nikki Fried are try­ing to fo­cus at­ten­tion on scams and price goug­ing that stem from the cri­sis.

Scams in­clude text mes­sages claim­ing to of­fer vic­tims yet-to-be-ap­proved stim­u­lus pack­age money, crooks go­ing door-to-door in lab coats pos­ing as fed­eral Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion em­ploy­ees and se­niors be­ing of­fered free COVID-19 test kits in ex­change for per­sonal in­for­ma­tion. Also, as of Mon­day night, Moody’s of­fice had re­ceived 628 com­plaints about price goug­ing re­lated to prod­ucts such as clean­ing sup­plies, hand san­i­tizer and face masks.

“At a time like this, to charge them ex­or­bi­tant prices for the things they will need to keep their fam­i­lies safe is dis­gust­ing and un­law­ful,” Moody said. “We will con­tinue to pur­sue them through­out the du­ra­tion of this cri­sis.”

Fried’s of­fice said other scams in­clude on­line sell­ers claim­ing they have high-de­mand prod­ucts such as clean­ing and health sup­plies and then con­sumers not get­ting ship­ments af­ter plac­ing or­ders.

“Es­pe­cially dur­ing these dif­fi­cult and un­cer­tain times, we have zero tol­er­ance for scammers who would take ad­van­tage of Florid­i­ans,”

Fried said in a pre­pared state­ment.

Fried’s Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Con­sumer Ser­vices has re­ceived 41 com­plaints re­lated to the coro­n­avirus, mostly re­lated to trav­el­ing and lodg­ing can­ce­la­tions, the depart­ment said in a news re­lease.

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