The State Attorney, in conjunction with Pinellas County Consumer Protection department, wants to educate the public on consumer issues. No consumer protection program can be effective without an alert, well-informed consumer public. We ask that you assist us in protecting you by increasing your alertness as consumers and by reporting fraudulent consumer transactions to your Consumer Protection Department.
* The Consumer Protection department operates only in Pinellas County, but all educational material and tips are good for wherever you live.
The latest consumer scams and reports and file a complaint.
The Consumer Protection department provides three basic services:
The majority of Pinellas County business operators are honest, hard-working professionals, sincerely interested in keeping their customers happy. There is, however, a small but very active minority of business people who are not the least bit interested in customer satisfaction and who resort to fraudulent, unfair or deceptive practices to maximize their profits. Unfortunately, the Florida Suncoast is also a favorite target of fly-by-night swindlers and itinerants who often pass through leaving a trail of unhappy victims before local law enforcement agencies are even aware of their presence.