Officials are warning about businesses taking advantage of consumers during the storm.
Who Is It Targeting: Residents affected by Hurricane Matthew
What Is It: Consumers are often more vulnerable during natural disasters, like hurricanes, and find themselves falling for price gouging, in which a seller greatly increases the cost of essential items. In Florida, for example, there is a price-gouging law in place that specifically prohibits the extreme increase in the price of items such as food, ice, gas, hotels, lumber and water.
What Are They After: Money
How Can You Avoid It:
- Anyone who suspects of price gouging in the state of Florida should file a complaint by calling 1-866-9-NO-SCAM
- File a complaint of a scam on the BBB’s scam tracker: https://www.bbb.org/scamtracker/us/
- Report it to your local police
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For full details of this scam check out this article from NBC 6.