There have been more than 2,000 reports of illegal price gouging in Florida during Hurricane Dorian, according to Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody's office.
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Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody's office says it has received more than 2,000 reports of price gouging amid Hurricane Dorian, WPBF 25 News reported.
A 24-count case of water at one Florida store was reportedly on sale for $9. The normal retail price is about $4.
Increasing storm-related prices on essential items like water, lumber, and generators during a declared state of emergency is illegal.
An investigation of 145 reported businesses was conducted by state authorities forcing the owners to lower prices, according to the report.
Officials also reported hearing of hotels increasing prices.
I have activated Florida's Price Gouging Hotline.
Floridians in the projected path of#HurricaneDorian prepare now—and report price gouging to my office by calling (866) 9NO-SCAM or by downloading our reporting app NO SCAM.pic.twitter.com/GRrQhj9DOZ
A Florida price-gouging hotline was created last week by Attorney General Ashley Moody in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian.
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