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Price Gouging Hotline Now Active as Subtropical Storm Nicole Approaches

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Florida - Tuesday November 8, 2022: Attorney General Ashley Moody has activated Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline with Subtropical Storm Nicole approaching the state.

During a storm-related declared state of emergency, state law prohibits excessive increases in the price of essential commodities, such as food, water, hotel rooms, ice, gasoline, lumber and equipment needed as a direct result of the event.

In areas covered by the state of emergency, Floridians can report instances of severe price increases on essential commodities needed to prepare for the storm.

Anyone who suspects price gouging can report it to the Florida Attorney General’s Office by using the No Scam app, visiting MyFloridaLegal.com or calling 1(866) 9NO-SCAM.

Violators of the price gouging statute are subject to civil penalties of $1,000 per violation and up to a total of $25,000 for multiple violations committed in a single 24-hour period.

Florida’s price gouging law only applies to commodities and services essential to preparing for, or recovering from, a storm within the areas of a declared state of emergency.

The activation comes following Governor Ron DeSantis’s state of emergency declaration for 34 counties.

The state of emergency is declared for the following counties: Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, DeSoto, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter and Volusia.

Attorney General Moody’s No Scam app can be downloaded for free on Apple and Android devices through the app store by searching No Scam.

For tips on reporting price gouging, click here.
For more information on price gouging, click here.
To download Attorney General Moody’s Scams at a Glance: Price Gouging brochure in English, click here.
Download the Spanish version, click here.
For tips on what to do before and after a storm strikes, download the 2022 Hurricane Preparedness Guide here.
For the Spanish version, click here.