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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Pam Bondi launches price-gouging hotline as Hurricane Irma approaches Florida

Posted By on Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 10:48 AM

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi activated a price-gouging hotline Monday as Hurricane Irma approaches, according to a press release from her office.

The launch of the hotline follows a state of emergency declaration made by Governor Rick Scott for all 67 counties in the state. Florida is expected to be impacted by the now Category 5 hurricane later this week.



Price-gouging, which includes dramatic price increase for essential items, such as water, food and gas, is prohibited by Florida law in a state of emergency.

Citizens can report incidents of price gouging to (866)-9-NO-SCAM.
"Floridians need to prepare now and they should not be inhibited by unlawful price increases on supplies necessary to brace for a major hurricane strike—that is why I’ve activated Florida’s Price-Gouging Hotline," said Attorney General Bondi in a press release. "By reporting suspected price-gouging you can protect yourself and your fellow Floridians."

Violates of the price-gouging law are subject to a fine of $1,000 per violation and up to $25,000 in damages for multiple violations within a 24-hour period.

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