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    by Bethany Blankley   Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is warning people not to loot during the state of emergency resulting from widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Ian. She issued a warning to criminals on Friday, saying, “you will spend maximum time allowed by law behind bars.” Moody sent a memo to state attorneys in all 20 judicial circuits to throw the book at those arrested for committing crimes during a statewide disaster. “Floridians displaced by Hurricane Ian have enough to worry about without having to fear theft or burglary at the hands of offenders previously arrested for crimes during the state of emergency,” Moody said. “These unscrupulous offenders must remain locked up where they can no longer prey on vulnerable Floridians. I strongly urge state attorneys to seek pretrial detention to the fullest extent possible for any criminal heartless enough to victimize Floridians during this extremely challenging time.” Her memo points out that state law requires no defendant who is charged with committing a theft crime in an area under a declared state of emergency shall be released...
    Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody (R) on Thursday warned vaccine mandates will “not be tolerated” in the Sunshine State, vowing to fight alongside Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) against the federal government’s coercive edicts and unprecedented power grab. Gov. DeSantis, flanked by Attorney General Moody, Florida’s Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo, and others, in Clearwater, Florida, announced his call for a special session to legislate protections for Floridians against vaccine mandates imposed by localities, businesses, and the federal government. Moody spoke after the governor, announcing that the state has taken legal action in Orange County, specifically, to “stand up for those first responders” affected by the mandates. “You know right as we speak, there are folks across this nation and in Florida that are being forced to upload papers to a database to show that they have been vaccinated,” she said. Florida is faring better than nearly every other state in the country in terms of case averages per capita. https://t.co/CLaXgCp2a3 — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) October 20, 2021 “Think about it. We are in the United States of America, the free states of...
    The US defaulting on its debt payments would be a 'catastrophic blow' to Covid-19 economic recovery and result in the loss of six million jobs, according Moody's latest analytics. The dire warning comes as the US Treasury Department has said it will run out of cash by October unless Congress raises its debt ceiling. Currently, the Republicans are refusing to increase the debt limit over concerns about Biden's vast spending plans.  Mark Zendi, the chief economist at Moody's Analytics, said in his latest report that the Biden administration and Congress are 'playing a dangerous game with debt limit'. He cited the pressing September 30 deadline - by which Congress must decide whether 'to renew expiring government spending authority for the 2022 fiscal year that begins October 1'. 'Failure to do so would result in a government shutdown,' Zendi wrote in Tuesday's report, which he noted 'would not be an immediate hit to the economy'. Mark Zendi (pictured), the chief economist at Moody's Analytics, said in his latest report that the Biden administration and Congress are 'playing a dangerous game with debt limit'....
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – We all know to protect our computers and tablets with security programs to prevent malicious viruses and trackers, but what about our phones. Florida’s Attorney General Moody has issued a warning about a new malware attack that targets mobile phone users. READ MORE: Where Do COVID Vaccine Mandates Stand? Accidentally downloading this malware gives scammers the ability to steal sensitive information, including mobile payment app logins and banking credentials. It may also allow the scammer to remotely take control of the phone. “This pandemic has changed the way we send and receive money—moving more of these transactions online and increasing the popularity of mobile payment apps. This opens the door wider to hackers, phishing scammers, and vicious malware attackers. Unknowingly falling for their traps could lead to devastating financial losses,” said Moody in a statement. READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Will There Be Another Relief Payment? There are some ways you can avoid getting malware on your phone. First, research phone apps before downloading them. If you get a text message, email or phone call that appears...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – Florida’s Attorney General Ashley Moody is warning residents about a new phishing scam that offers fake COVID-19 relief funds. The scammers are impersonating Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan in phishing emails, claiming the recipient is eligible for financial relief. They then ask for personal and financial information in exchange for the nonexistent funds. READ MORE: Boy Riding In Car Near Tampa Fatally Shot “Floridians need to be on the lookout for these phishing emails and report them to the FTC. We have seen so many new scams during the pandemic, but this latest trick is extremely flagrant,” said Moody in a statement. READ MORE: Miami Weather: Sweltering Heat And Saharan Dust Take Over She added that people should not automatically trust the number listed on caller ID or an email address, and never give out personal or financial information in response to a solicitation. Please know that the FTC is not sending out any COVID-19 stimulus or relief money. If you have received a phishing email about the non-existent relief funds, you can...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Office of Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is warning residents of a potential increase in moving scams as home sales skyrocket. Moody is issuing a Consumer Alert to help consumers avoid moving-related scams, as an increase in home sales comes with a demand for movers. READ MORE: Miami Weather: Sizzling Cinco De Mayo “Florida is red hot. Our low taxes, growing economy, common-sense leadership and great weather has people from all over rushing to move here. Couple all that with a booming real estate market and the potential for scams increases,” said Moody. “If you are a Floridian buying a new house or moving here from out of state to enjoy our great weather and growing economy, be wary of moving scams. From refusing to provide a written estimate to requiring a large, upfront deposit or payment in cash, these are all red flags that consumers can look for to help them identify a potential moving scam and avoid falling prey.” The office of the attorney general says common moving scams involve movers packing up and...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Attorney General Ashley Moody on Monday warned Floridians to be leery of stimulus-related scams, a day after President Donald Trump signed a massive coronavirus relief package. “Scammers are always looking for new opportunities, and the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 makes the pandemic the perfect tool for fraudsters to target victims,” Moody said in a video. “Another round of stimulus payments may also provide scammers with more ammo to concoct these schemes.” Moody’s office highlighted on its “Scams at a Glance” webpage tips to spot fraud, with common signs of scams related to COVID-19 and stimulus payments including unsolicited calls or emails; high-pressure tactics or too-good-to-be-true offers; threats of loss if immediate action is not taken; and requests for immediate payment by wire transfer, credit cards, prepaid debit cards or gift cards to expedite stimulus funds or other benefits. More from CBSMiami.com You May Need A COVID Vaccine Passport To Travel In 2021 Miami Heat Arrange Internet Service For Miami-Dade Students Impacted By COVID Florida Governor’s Aide Criticized Over ‘Disgusting’ COVID-19 Tweet The stimulus package extends two programs from...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – State Attorney General Ashley Moody is warning Floridians about coronavirus vaccine and distribution scams. With several vaccines nearing approval, and people anxious to get immunity, scammers may exploit the situation. “Once we have an effective immunization, the swift and orderly distribution of the vaccine will be key to getting our state and country back on track. But Floridians must remain on high alert. Scammers may try to exploit the sense of urgency surrounding the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to swindle those trying to protect their health,” said Moody in a statement. Moody said currently no COVID-19 vaccine has been approved by the FDA, therefore, any attempt to sell a vaccine right now is not legitimate. More from CBSMiami.com Study: Fort Lauderdale Is Least Safe City In America Sun Sentinel Investigation: Gov. Ron DeSantis ‘Ordered Public Health Officials Not To Discuss The COVID-19 Virus With The Public’ ‘He Sent The Gestapo’: Florida’s COVID-19 Dashboard Creator Rebekah Jones On Gun-Wielding State Agents Raiding Her Home Do not respond to letters, emails, texts, or phone calls about vaccines....
    A worker wearing a protective mask and gloves assembles face shields at the Cartamundi-owned Hasbro manufacturing facility in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.Adam Glanzman | Bloomberg | Getty Images The U.S. economy, which has shown signs of recovering, could see its prospects turn given the intensifying spread of Covid-19 in the country and a lack of additional support measures, said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Analytics. The International Monetary Fund said last month the U.S. economy is projected to shrink 4.3% this year. That's much better than its previous forecast for a 8% contraction as the global economy showed signs of a faster recovery, said the IMF. "I think the risks are pretty high here that the economy backtracks," he told CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia" on Friday. "We are suffering a very significant reintensification of the virus. I mean 40,000 daily confirmed infections four, six, eight weeks ago and we're now close to 100,000 — that's going to start doing some damage," he said. The U.S. recorded more than 100,000 daily confirmed coronavirus cases for the...
    Failing to close the yawning wealth gap between Black and White Americans could end up tarnishing the nation's credit rating, according to Moody's Investors Service. The so-called racial wealth gap in the U.S. has continued to widen in good times and bad. White households' net worth grew 43%, to $61,200, between 1995 and 2016, while it remained flat at $35,400 for Black families, the credit rating agency said in a report on Tuesday, citing Federal Reserve data. As of 2016, only 8% of Blacks inherited an average of $83,000 in wealth from their parents, compared with more than a quarter of whites who inherited an average of $236,000. Moody's, Standard & Poor's and other major ratings agencies continue to assign a top rating to U.S. government debt, which means lower borrowing costs. But the racial economic divide could change that.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox "The unequal position of the Black community in the U.S. is a salient and persistent feature of the inequality dynamic that exemplifies and exacerbates credit-relevant social risks," William Foster, a senior credit officer at...
    BRASILIA, Jun 22 (.) – Credit rating agency Moody’s downgraded Brazil’s economic prospects for 2020 on Monday, warning that the country’s recovery is vulnerable due to uncertainty over its ability to control the COVID-19 pandemic. Moody’s expects Gross Domestic Product in Latin America’s largest economy to contract 6.2% this year, compared to its previous forecast of a 5.2% decline, which is more in line with the general consensus among economists. In a larger report that also lowered the outlook for the world economy, Moody’s said that Brazil tops the list of countries facing problems in reducing rates of COVID-19 infections due to an insufficient amount of testing. “Therefore, it is a real possibility that there will be new problems in consumer activity and business operations, which could permanently hamper the growth prospects of the G20 economies,” Moody’s wrote, citing Brazil in particular. Brazil is the second largest focus of coronavirus in the world after the United States, with more than 1.1 million confirmed cases and 51,271 related deaths. (Report by Jamie McGeever. Edited in Spanish by Rodrigo Charme)
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – Florida residents are being urged to use caution when answering a call from someone who says they are doing COVID-19 contact tracing. State Attorney General Ashley Moody said scammers are now using this ruse to get personnel information from the people they call. “Unfortunately, we can’t trust the voice on the other end of the phone to always be truthful—even in the face of a deadly pandemic. I want to encourage all Floridians to engage with legitimate health professionals working to contain the spread of COVID-19, but to be cautious before providing information,” said Moody in a statement. Download The New CBS4 News App Here To slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, state public health professionals are calling Floridians who may have come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. But Floridians need to take steps to verify that the call is from the local county health department before providing information. “If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, you will be asked by an epidemiologist from your county health department about everyone...
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