Attorney General Pam Bondi Urges Floridians to Be Prepared for Storms and Scams This Hurricane Season

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Attorney General Pam Bondi Urges Floridians to Be Prepared for Storms and Scams This Hurricane Season 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—The 2014 Hurricane Season begins this Sunday, and Attorney General Pam Bondi wants Floridians to be prepared for the storms and any scams associated with hurricane preparedness or property repair or clean-up in the aftermath of a disaster. To help Floridians protect themselves, Attorney General Bondi has released a hurricane preparedness guide. The guide includes useful tips on what to do to prepare for a storm and information to help consumers spot storm-related scams in order to avoid becoming victims.

“Unfortunately, unscrupulous individuals will use the threat of a hurricane and the devastation it can cause to scam Floridians,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “By providing this hurricane guide, we intend to help Floridians prepare now so they can avoid being scammed.”

Some of the most common storm-related scams include: tree service scams, charity scams, disaster-relief scams, and water testing and treatment scams.

To avoid being scammed when preparing for a storm or dealing with its aftermath, follow these tips:

    • Ask to see Florida Building Commission product approval numbers on storm-proof products for your home and visit to verify products, check permits for installation of products, report any fraudulent claims on unapproved products, and follow-up with your insurance provider on discounts for hurricane or wind mitigation.
    • Watch-out for price gouging. It is unlawful to raise hotel rental rates or housing leasing rates during a state of emergency. Essential commodities such as lumber, ice, water, generators, and shelter are also protected under the Price Gouging Law. If you suspect price gouging, save receipts and call 1-866-9-NO-SCAM.
    • Never pay for services up front. After the storm, beware of unsolicited workers, have evaluations of damages prepared by your insurance company, obtain multiple estimates and bids on repairs, research companies, check for proof of insurance and verify bonding agencies, and read entire contracts.
    • Ask for references and verify business licenses for anyone who may be performing storm-related work on your property.

Attorney General Bondi’s Office encourages Floridians who suspect scams to call 1-866-9-NO-SCAM. Consumers may also report any violations online at The Hurricane Preparedness Guide can be found by following this link:$file/HurricanePreparednessGuide.pdf

Jenn Meale
Phone: 850.245.0150


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