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When you have a problem or need information, knowing who to call is half the battle. Today and Sunday, Action lists the agencies and organizations that readers ask for the most.

Automobiles

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Servies: regulates auto repair shops, toll-free 1-800-435-7352; www.800helpfla.com.

Banking

Florida Department of Financial Services: regulates state chartered credit unions, banks, savings and loans, securities firms and dealers, investment advisers, mortgage lenders, mortgage brokers, consumer finance companies including motor vehicle finance and retail installment contractors, cemeteries and funeral homes selling pre-need contracts; consumer hot-line, toll-free 1-800-342-2762; TDD: toll-free 1-800- 640-0886; www.fldfs.com.

Broadcasting

Federal Communications Commission, Consumer Information Bureau: toll-free 1-888-225-5322; TTY: toll-free 1-888-835-5322; www.fcc.gov.

Business practices

Hillsborough County Consumer Protection: (813) 903-3430; www.hillsboroughcounty.org, click on "consumer protection" under A-Z Index.

Pasco County Consumer Affairs: (727) 847-8110; www.pascofla.com.

Pinellas County Consumer Protection: (727) 464-6200; www.pinellascounty.org.

Federal Trade Commission: toll-free 1-877-382-4357; www.ftc.gov.

Better Business Bureaus: serving West Florida including Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Sarasota/Manatee: toll-free 1-800-525-1447; (727) 535-5522 (Pinellas); www.bbbwestflorida.org; serving Central Florida (including Citrus) toll-free 1-800-275-6614; www.orlando.bbb.org.

Contractors

Department of Business and Professional Regulation Construction Industry Licensing Board: to check licenses or file a complaint; (850) 487-1395; www.myflorida.com/dbpr/.

Citrus County Building Division, Department of Development Services: to search building permits and licenses of regulated contractors; (352) 527-5310; citrus.fl.us/building/onlinepermitting.htm.

To search licenses of regulated contractors:

Hernando County Development Department: (352) 754-4050; www.co.hernando.fl.us/bldg/ .

Hillsborough County Contractors Licensing: (813) 635-7309 or (813) 635-7308; www.hillsboroughcounty.org/pgm/contractor/.

Pasco County Building Development, Contractor Licensing: (727) 847-8009; opal.pascocountyfl.net/.

Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board: (727) 536-4720; www.pcclb.com/.

Employment

Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation: Florida labor laws, workforce and employment opportunity; toll-free 1-800-438-4128, (850) 245-7105; www.floridajobs.org.

Fuel/gasoline

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: for complaints about quantity and content of gasoline; toll-free 1-800-435-7352; www.800helpfla.com.

Florida Attorney General's Price Gouging Hotline: to report price gouging during a state of emergency; toll-free 1-866-966-7226.

Action: With these numbers, consumer help is just a phone call away 01/20/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 10:10pm]

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