NC Attorney General: Report price gouging during storm

Photo from NC Dept of Justice
Photo from NC Dept of Justice

RALEIGH, N.C. (WAVY) –  North Carolina’s Attorney General is warning businesses and consumers to watch out for price gouging as you shop for storm supplies or hire folks to do work during the winter storm.

North Carolina’s strong price gouging law is in effect because a state of emergency has been declared due to a winter storm.

“It’s wrong to use a crisis as an excuse to make an unfair buck,” said Attorney General Roy Cooper in a news release. “Most businesses pull together to help their community when bad weather hits, but if someone is using this storm to try to rip you off, we want to know about it.”

The release goes on to say:

Price gouging—or charging too much in times of crisis—is against North Carolina law when a disaster, an emergency or an abnormal market disruption for critical goods and services is declared or proclaimed by the Governor.  The law also applies to all levels of the supply chain from the manufacturer to the distributor to the retailer.Cooper has enforced North Carolina’s price gouging law (NC General Statute 75-38) in the past to win thousands of dollars in refunds for consumers and penalties from violators.

Consumers can report potential price gouging to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division. Call 1-877-5-NO-SCAM toll-free or file a price gouging complaint at www.ncdoj.gov.

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