Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, North Carolina Attorney General, Josh Stein has reminded the public that it is illegal to charge excessive prices during a state of emergency.
Many North Carolina residents are used to hearing about price gouging laws after a hurricane, but the laws work the same way in a public health emergency.
These price gouging laws went into effect as soon as Governor Cooper declared a state of emergency. These laws are put in place to prohibit price gouging and protect consumers from paying too much for necessities during this worldwide pandemic.
Some consumer advocacy groups are monitoring prices for necessities online. It can be tough for local authorities to enforce such statutes with so many products for sale online, it can even be tough for authorities to monitor in their community as well.
You can report a possible price gouging by calling 1-877-5-NOSCAM or by going online to ncdoj.gov/complaint.