Attorney General Ashley Moody press release
VIDEO: Attorney General Moody highlights resources available to military personnel during Military Consumer Protection Month
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Attorney General Ashley Moody today highlighted the resources available to the military through the Military Consumer Protection Resource Guide. The post comes as the nation recognizes National Military Consumer Protection Month. The guide is packed with information on common scams targeting military personnel, veterans and their families.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, âThe brave men and women of our country’s armed forces are risking their lives to protect our security and ensure our freedom. We owe it to them to provide all available resources to protect them from crooks who try to exploit their courage and sacrifice.
âMy office provides several resources to the more than 1.5 million veterans and nearly 100,000 serving and reservist members and their families to help them spot and report military-related scams. We also have a dedicated team of attorneys and investigators who handle complaints, submitted by military personnel, to track down bad actors targeting our brave heroes or their families. As we continue to work to protect our patriots, we will ensure that Florida remains one of the most military-friendly states in the country. ”
Attorney General Moody encourages all military personnel and veterans to consider the following tips to avoid falling victim to scams targeting the military community:
- Beware of crooks who use deceptive photos or language to imply association with any branch of the military;
- Check the authenticity of an email or text that appears to be from a military branch. Phishing schemes use manipulated messages that appear to come from a branch of the military or the US Department of Veterans Affairs to target service members, veterans, or their family members;
- Make sure that any military charity soliciting funds is registered with the State Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at FDACS.gov/ConsumerServices; and
- Place an active service alert on free credit reports. An active duty alert requires companies to take additional action before granting credit on behalf of active duty personnel serving overseas.
For more tips and resources, download the 2021 Military Consumer Protection Guide by clicking here.
To download the guide in Spanish, click on here.
Last November, Attorney General Moody released the Scams at a Glance: Protect Our Patriots brochure. The program aims to educate military personnel and their families about common and emerging military-related scams.
To download the brochure in English, click on here.
To download the brochure in Spanish, click on here.
Attorney General Moody’s Office assists Florida military and veterans through the Military and Veteran Assistance Program. MVAP is designed to educate military and veterans alike on the types of scams that target their communities. Additionally, members of the MVAP team work directly with targeted military and veterans, or their representatives, to help resolve consumer protection issues or find other outside assistance, if needed.
To learn more about MVAP, click here.
Any consumer who believes they have been the victim of a scam or other fraudulent activity can file a complaint with the Attorney General’s office by calling 1 (866) 9NO-SCAM or visiting