TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – About 2,000 consumer reports have been made so far in Florida regarding the prices of important commodities gouged out in the middle coronavirus The pandemic, Florida Attorney General’s office Ashley Moody was confirmed Tuesday in a news release.
“Members of my Rapid Response Team, Consumer Protection Division, and Hot Gouging Hotline work with a feeling of urgency to address consumer problems in real time,” Moody said in a statement. “Since activating the hotline, our office has received a refund of more than $ 130,000 for consumers and issued 59 investigative subpoenas. We will not succumb in our efforts to protect Florida citizens from gouging and fraud during an unprecedented crisis. You can help by reporting very important price increases on important commodities to my office whenever and wherever you encounter them. ”
Since activating the Florida Hot’s Gouging Hotline, the Florida Attorney General’s Office has:
- Receive about 2,000 consumer contacts about important commodity prices;
- Made more than 2,700 references and contacts to traders about allegations of price forgery, refunds, and fraud;
- Get a refund of more than $ 130,000 related to travel, holidays and product purchases;
- Issued 59 subpoenas for investigations to gouge further prices; and
- Work with online platforms to deactivate more than 130 posts that offer items at outrageous prices.
The attorney general recently announced his office take action against third-party sellers using Amazon for allegedly deceiving consumers.
The gouger price is subject to a civil sanction of $ 1,000 per violation and a total of $ 25,000 for various violations committed within a 24-hour period, according to the attorney general’s office. To report price carving in Florida, call 1 (866) 9NO-SCAM, visit MyFloridaLegal.com or download the NO SCAM phone application.
Below are more resources from the Attorney General’s Office:
For more information on price forgery, please click here.
For a list of commodities covered by the state price picking laws during COVID-19 emergencies, click here.
For tips on reporting price gouging, click here.
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