TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal
Newsline) — Leading up to Hurricane Matthew, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
activated Florida’s price gouging hotline. This came after Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in all Florida counties in preparation
for the storm.
“Hurricane Matthew has already caused deaths in the Caribbean, and while the
storm may not make landfall in Florida, scammers may still use the threat of
impact to prey on consumers," Bondi said. "Anyone who suspects price gouging
during this declared state of emergency should contact my office immediately. If you do business in our state, do not take advantage of our
Florida law bars extreme
price increases in essential commodities, including food, ice, gas, hotels,
lumber and water, during the declared state of emergency. Anyone suspecting
price gouging can call the hotline at 1-866-9-NO-SCAM.