Protect yourself after a disaster
Be careful, informed and prepared.
Home repair fraud and price gouging, against the community increases after a disaster.
Many legitimate licensed home repair companies can be booked solid for months and anxious homeowners, eager to get their property back in shape, may not take precautions when hiring contractors.
Be highly suspicious of any individuals going door to door or calling with any type of service or offer.
The Federal Trade Commission works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop and avoid them.
To file a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, visit www.ftc.gov or call toll free 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).
Florida Attorney General’s Office Price Gouging Hotline – 1-800-646-0444
Florida Dept of Business and Professional Regulations – 1-800-342-3557 (for checking contractors’ licenses)