Attorney General Bill McCollum issued the following statement today regarding the fatal Central Florida tornadoes:
“Today I witnessed first hand the devastation and destruction these storms brought to our state. To say that this area experienced widespread damage is unfortunately a sad understatement.
“My heart, my thoughts and my prayers are with the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives in this tragic disaster, and those who lost their homes and possessions. This has truly been a catastrophe of the greatest magnitude.
“I wish to again remind residents in the areas affected by these deadly storms to be on the look out for price gouging and scammers. Our price gouging hotline will be fully operational throughout the weekend and will reopen again on Monday. We encourage anyone who believes they may be a victim of price gouging to report the incident to our office. We will not tolerate anyone who tries to take advantage of this terrible tragedy.”
The Attorney General’s price gouging hotline number is 1-866-9-NO-SCAM (1-866-966-7226) and will be operational between the hours of 9 am and 6 pm both Saturday and Sunday.