Stay Safe and Avoid Scams – North Carolina Price Gouging Law in Effect
RALEIGH, NC (January 16, 2018)…The price gouging law that protects consumers from scammers is now in effect in all 100 North Carolina counties due to Gov. Roy Cooper’s declaration of a State of Emergency related to the coming winter storm. Attorney General Josh Stein notified businesses and consumers today to be on the lookout for any issues.
“My office is here to protect North Carolinians from scams and fraud,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “That is true all the time – but especially during severe weather. It is against the law to charge an excessive price during a state of emergency. If you see a business taking advantage of this storm, please let my office know so we can hold them accountable.”
North Carolina has a strong statute against price gouging – charging too much during a time of crisis – that is tied directly to a declaration of a state of emergency. When Gov. Roy Cooper declared the state of emergency, the statute went into effect and will remain so until the state of emergency is lifted.
Attorney General Josh Stein and the North Carolina Department of Justice will be reviewing complaints from consumers closely over the next several weeks and is prepared to take action against any businesses engaging in price gouging activities. Please report potential price gouging by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or file a complaint at www.ncdoj.gov.