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Price Gouging Reports Flood AGs Office

August 21st, 2008 by flanews

The Attorney Generals Office is investigating reports from people who say theyre being ripped off. Since Monday, hundreds of people have called the states price gouging hotline to report business owners jacking up prices in the wake of Tropical Storm Fay. Investigators from the Attorney Generals office will look into about 90 of those claims. A majority of the complaints are about rising gas prices in cities hit by Fay. Some people have called to report business owners inflating the price of water. Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said people should report any suspicious spike in food and fuel prices.

Price gouging continues to be a concern for us especially now in the post clean up period thats going to occur in the next few days. We encourage anybody who has a question or concern about somebody whos coming to sell a product or they see a price going up in an extraordinary way to call our hotline, said McCollum.

The price gouging hotline number is 1-866-9-NO-SCAM. That number again is 1-866-966-7226.

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