Hurricane season is officially here. Now, Attorney General Ashley Moody is working to make sure price gougers don’t take advantage of people trying to escape a storm.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has launched an app called NO SCAM. It is designed to help consumers report price gouging.
Price Gouging is selling or leasing essential commodities like water, food, and gas at a spiked price during a state of emergency. The rule also applies to hotels or self-storage facilities.
In response to price gouging during Hurricane Matthew, former Attorney General Pam Bondi sued an Orange County hotel that charged nearly 50 customers between $96 and $170 for a one-night stay. The average nightly rate was just $32.
The app allows consumers to attach pictures, copies of receipts and company information to submit a complaint directly to the attorney general’s office.