For Immediate Release
Price Gouging Hotline 1-866-9-NO-SCAM (66-7226)
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Sept. 6, 2017) – Attorney General Pam Bondi has activated Florida’s price gouging hotline for all consumers in Florida. The opening of the hotline comes as Governor Rick Scott declares a state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties in response to threats posed by Hurricane Irma—now a Category 5 hurricane that could impact the state this week.
State law prohibits extreme increases in the price of essential commodities, such as food, water, hotels, ice, gasoline, lumber and equipment, needed as a direct result of an officially declared emergency. The amount cannot grossly exceed the average price for that commodity during the 30 days before the declaration of the state of emergency unless the seller can justify an increase in costs for the goods. Anyone who suspects price gouging during this declared state of emergency should report it to the Attorney General’s Office by calling 1-866-9-NO-SCAM.
Media and public can follow Charlotte County Emergency Management important emergency information at www.charlottecountyfl.gov, www.facebook.com/oemcharlottecounty, and www.twitter.com/ccoem.
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