RALEIGH – The price gouging law that protects people from scammers is now in effect in North Carolina after Gov. Roy Cooper declared a statewide state of emergency Aug. 30 to support relief efforts for Hurricane Dorian.
Attorney General Josh Stein notified residents to be on the lookout for any issues.
“It is illegal to charge excessive prices during a state of emergency,” Stein said. “If you see a business taking advantage of this storm, let my office know so we can hold them accountable and protect you from price gougers.”
Stein and the N.C. Department of Justice will review price gouging complaints from consumers closely and are prepared to take action. Report potential price gouging by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or visiting https://ncdoj.gov/file-a-complaint/price-gouging/.
Stein brought seven lawsuits against 22 defendants under the state’s price gouging statute after Hurricanes Michael and Florence hit in 2018. He has obtained five judgments against 13 defendants, including a $274,000 settlement that was one of the largest price gouging settlements in the department’s history.