Hurricane Matthew raises price gouging, scam concerns

Posted at 8:07 PM, Oct 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-12 20:07:29-04

Now that Hurricane Matthew is behind us, the reports are coming in from both east and west coasts of Florida.

Carl Kelly from Sebastian says he heard of price gouging going at local gas station. He also says a hotel on the West Coast raised their prices significantly during the storm.

"Increased the price by 50 dollars and these are people coming from the east to get away from the storm," says Kelly.

The Attorney Generals Office has fielded more than 2,500 complaints related to price gouging, more than 300 of were on the Treasure Coast.

Now there's another warning. Erick Gill with St. Lucie County says unlicensed contractors are a top concern.

"We just want to make sure residents are aware that that's a possibility," said Gill.

Gill says every time a storm hits people prey on victims of damage so he's sending out a warning.

"Never want to pay full price up front for your work. Some may require a partial down payment. That's okay, but never pay full price," says Gill.

He says if you ever feel skeptical, you can always just call the county to check.