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.
According to the Better Business Bureau of Southeast Florida, if you believe a store is using Hurricane Irma to raise prices of essential items, and take advantage of consumers, file a complaint.
"If you see something double in price, to me, that is significant," said CEO and President of the BBB of Southeast Florida, Rod Davis.
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.
State law also criminalizes the sale of goods and services to the public without possession of an occupational license.
- Price gouging reported ahead of Hurricane IrmaNBC2 News
- Better Call Behnken: Tampa Bay area residents should be on lookout for price ...WFLA
- Price gougers, beware. The Attorney General set up a hotline to report price ...Miami.com
- HURRICANE UPDATESThe Northwest Florida Daily News
- Price gouging is a crimeHistoric City News
- Tips for reporting price gougingWink News
- A. Barton Hinkle column: Laws against 'gouging' are simplistic and wrongRichmond.com
- Price Gouging Can Be a Type of Hurricane AidBloomberg
- Price-gouging hotline activated in anticipation of stormDestin Log