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Attorney General issues warning: Beware of price-gouging during pandemic

Complaints can be submitted online
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Posted at 6:10 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 18:28:30-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- A crisis such as the coronavirus pandemic often brings out the best people, but not always.

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is concerned about price-gouging related to the COVID-19 outbreak. If you think you've been a victim, file a complaint with the AG's office, Consumer Protection Division. If you've been subjected to excessive prices for consumer goods, then you may be the victim of price-gouging.

According to information released by Hill's office, the attorney general has authority to enforce the Deceptive Consumer Sales Act, which permits appropriate enforcement of any "unfair, abusive, deceptive or unconscionable conduct."

In an executive order issued Monday, Governor Eric Holcomb said Hoosiers who believe they’ve been subjected to excessive prices for consumer goods should contact the Attorney General’s Office.

To submit a price-gouging complaint, the office says it's best to use the consumer complaint [lnks.gd] form, which can be found at www.indianaconsumer.com [lnks.gd], click on “File a Complaint”.

If you have questions about the types of complaints handled by the Consumer Protection Division, you may call 1-800-382-5516 or 317-232-6330.