Volume 9, Issue 47 • December 02, 2011
Shopping for friends and loved ones is an enjoyable part of the holiday season. As you're shopping online or in stores, please be vigilant and read the fine print on advertisements to avoid falling for misleading or deceptive advertising.
Some advertisements may claim that all merchandise is on sale or that a specific set of products are on sale with fine print that includes exceptions and limitations. Consumers may not realize that there are such limitations on the sale until after he or she arrives at the store or attempts to make the online purchase.
The Federal Trade Commission Act and Florida law prohibits unfair or deceptive advertising in any medium. Advertising must be truthful and not mislead consumers. A claim can be misleading if relevant information is omitted or if the claim implies something that is not true.
Consumers can file complaints about misleading or deceptive advertising by calling the Attorney General's fraud hotline at 1-866-966-7226 (in-state) or 850-414-3990 (out-of-state). Consumers can also file complaints online at:
In The News
Sunshine State News
Pam Bondi’s Office Talks Up Sentence For Ponzi Schemer David Lewalski
National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month
December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, and Attorney General Bondi encourages Floridians be safe and make responsible decisions before getting behind the wheel.
Attorney General Bondi with German Consul General Eva Alexandra Countess Kendeffy and German Director Werner Herzog.