Florida Office of the Attorney General advises with respect to the COVID-19 declared state of emergency, the following consumer products are currently considered essential commodities:
- Protective masks and face shields used to protect you from others if you are sick
- Sanitizing and disinfecting supplies, such as hand gel, wipes, and disinfectant sprays
- All personal protective equipment (PPE), including gowns, booties, gloves, and other protective gear
To report price gouging for these types of goods, call 1-866-9NO-SCAM or make a report online.
CONSUMER ALERT: WORKING FROM HOME CYBER CRIME
Attorney General Ashley Moody issued a Consumer Alert urging Floridians to guard against cybercrimes when working from home. While working from home helps to slow the spread of respiratory viruses, more opportunities are created for cybercriminals.
Ensure protection of sensitive customer information, trade secrets or other information while working remotely. Tips include:
• Use a secure internet connection
• Ensure all security software is updated and in working order
• Ensure your device’s operating system is updated regularly
• Create strong passwords, use different passwords across multiple websites and applications
• Limit the use of work devices only for work activities, use personal devices for leisure
• Lock work devices when not in use and never leaving them unattended
• Enable multi-factor authentication when available; some employers allow employees to provide an additional email address or phone number to receive codes to verify that the user is in fact the individual attempting to access an account
• Contact your IT support provider if unsolicited verification calls or codes are received; this is a sign that credentials were phished successfully, but login failed because of multi-factor authentication
Anyone who suspects they are the victim of a scam should contact the Attorney General’s Office at 1(866) 9NO-SCAM or by visiting MyFloridaLegal.com.