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Va. Attorney General taking action to stop price gouging

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Posted at 3:09 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 15:44:19-04

With products like hand sanitizer, cleaning products and toilet paper in such high demand, some people are trying to charge ridiculous prices for them.

If they're caught doing it in Virginia, though, Attorney General Mark Herring says his office will take action.

They have already received 130 complaints that they're looking into.

"At a time when people are getting sick and some are dying, it’s just mind boggling that there are some people out there who are so unscrupulous that they would charge exorbitant prices for necessities," Herring told News 3.

The state's Post-Disaster Anti-Price Gouging Act went into effect when the governor declared a state of emergency.

It prohibits a supplier from charging “unconscionable prices” for “necessary goods and services” during the thirty-day period following a declared state of emergency.

That can include things like water, ice, food, cleaning products, hand sanitizers, medicines, personal protective gear and more.

If you know of any violations in Virginia, you can report it to the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Section

· By phone: (800) 552-9963
· By email: consumer@oag.state.va.us
· Price Gouging Complaint Form
· General Online Complaint Form
· Online Contact Form

Herring is also one of 33 attorneys general around the country urging online sites, including Amazon, Facebook, Walmart, Ebay and Craigslist, to do more to stop price gouging on their sites.