How to report price gouging during Tropical Storm Eta

Published: November 9, 2020 12:21 AM EST
NO SCAM app is available in Apple and Android app stores. Credit: Florida Office of the Attorney General.

The State Attorney’s General Office launched last year an anti-price gouging app called NO SCAM.

With Tropical Storm Eta Dorian impacting the state, here is a reminder of the app available to report a business taking advantage of customers with the pricing of goods.

The app allows users in real-time to:

  • Send pictures of prices on signs and products
  • Capture and report receipts
  • Write narratives of interactions with sellers of a good or commodity
  • Report evidence of prices of identical products by different sellers in the same vicinity
  • Capture additional supporting documentation

In 2017, more than 14,000 price-gouging complaints were filed during Hurricane Irma.

The Attorney General’s NO SCAM Price Gouging App can be downloaded for free on the  Apple App Store and the Googe Play Store for Android.

To report price gouging online, click here.

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Under Florida’s price gouging statute, F.S. 501.160, it is unlawful during a declared state of emergency to sell, lease, offer to sell, or offer for lease essential commodities, dwelling units, or self-storage facilities for an amount that grossly exceeds the average price for that commodity during the 30 days before the declaration of the state of emergency, unless the seller can justify the pricing by showing increased costs or changed market conditions resulting in increased costs.

For more information about price gouging, click here.

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