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Georgia warns about scammers, price gougers as Hurricane Michael advances

Georgia warns about scammers, price gougers as Hurricane Michael advances
Posted at 4:36 AM, Oct 10, 2018
and last updated 2019-09-30 08:25:02-04

ATLANTA, Ga. (WTXL) – Attorney General Chris Carr is warning consumers to be on the lookout for scams and possible price gouging as Hurricane Michael approaches the Gulf Coast.

Gov. Nathan Deal has enacted a State of Emergency for 92 counties in Georgia. The State of Emergency started Oct. 9, 2018 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 16, 2018.

"Under Georgia law, penalties for this type of conduct can range between $2,000 to $15,000 per violation," Carr said. "Please call our hotline or fill out a complaint online if you see something suspicious."

If you feel that you may have been the victim of a scam or price gouging, contact the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit at 1-800-869-1123 toll-free outside of the metro Atlanta calling area.

Telephone counselors are available between 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday.

The Office of the Attorney General’s online complaint form to report price gouging can be found here.