Scams

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BEWARE OF SCAMS

National crises can bring people together. However, they also provide opportunities for unscrupulous actors to profit when the majority are trying to do the right thing. Use these resources to help constituents avoid price gouging and other scams.

Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that generally prohibits sellers of any kind from increasing prices on food, consumer goods, medical or emergency supplies, and certain other items by more than 10%. The order also gives additional tools to the California Department of Justice and Attorney General’s Office, among others, to take action against price gougers.

In addition, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has issued consumer alerts to warn Californians about various scams, including fraudulent charities, price gouging, and contact tracing.

Please see links below for additional information.

COVID-19 Consumer Information and Resources

Consumer Alert – Contract Tracing Scams

Consumer Alerts – Price Gouging and False Advertising Related to COVID-19

Consumer Alert - Fraudulent Charities Amid COVID-19

CA Department of Consumer Affairs Scam Alert

CA Department of Insurance Consumer Alerts