At a time when Californians should be pulling together (while maintaining social distance), some are attempting to exploit the pandemic. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a consumer alert declaring that price gouging is illegal during a state of emergency.

Here are some tips to avoid becoming a victim:

  • When you go shopping, only shop from places you trust. Many of us shop online or have subscription services that deliver items to our homes, but online marketplaces can be tricky. Check to see if the product has reviews, or try to compare other prices.
  • If you must go shopping, plan ahead. The widespread panic about the uncertain future has caused many people to buy in large quantities that they may not end up using. So please, avoid hoarding so that scammers and price gougers have less of an opportunity to engage.
  • If you are skeptical about the price of a product, do not buy it.

If you think you’ve been the victim of price gouging, or have information regarding potential price gouging, you can file a complaint with the Attorney General Office by calling (800) 952-5225.

Price Gouging Resources:

Office of the Attorney General

General COVID-19 Resource at Centers for Disease Control

Scam Protection Resource:

U.S. Department of Homeland Security