Pinellas County advises consumers credit card surcharges illegal in Florida
Contrary to recent news reports that a ban on credit card surcharges ended Jan. 27, 2013, Florida law continues to prohibit the practice. A surcharge is the extra fee a merchant adds when purchasing goods or services by credit card.
The Pinellas County Office of Consumer Protection offers residents the following tips:
- Surcharge fees are prohibited in Florida
- Consumer protection laws vary by state
- Purchases made outside of Florida are not covered by the law
- A Florida merchant may offer a discount for paying by cash or check
- Always use caution when using credit cards and check your statements closely
To file a complaint (if you believe a merchant is not complying with Florida law concerning credit card surcharges), for tips about making smarter decisions in the marketplace, for assistance with a consumer issue or to check the complaint history of a business, call the Office of Consumer Protection at 727) 464-6200 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/consumer.
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