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Buyer Beware: Report coronavirus price gouging

Are you aware of a business or person jacking up prices to take advantage of coronavirus? WCNC Charlotte wants to hear from you.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — What is price gouging? Price gouging is the practice of raising the price of something that’s in demand to an unreasonable level.

Under North Carolina’s price gouging law, the Attorney General’s Office can put a stop to price gouging and seek refunds for consumers who paid too much. The courts may also impose civil penalties against price gougers of up to $5,000 for each violation. The law applies to all levels of the supply chain from the manufacturer to the distributor to the retailer.

To report suspected coronavirus-related rip offs or price gouging to WCNC Charlotte, screengrab or snap a photo of the product and its price and submit it along with your contact information and a short description or link to where it’s taking place.

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The state of North Carolina has set up a hotline for general questions about coronavirus at 866-462-3821 or read the frequently asked questions.  In South Carolina, for general questions about the coronavirus, call the DHEC Care Line 1-855-472-3432. Staff are answering calls 8 a.m.-6 p.m. every day.