Watch Out For Price Gouging Due To Hurricane Matthew

Attorney General Roy Cooper put the price gouging law into effect in 66 counties in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew. 

The law started today because of the declaration of a state of emergency for central and eastern parts of the state. 

Cooper says that the threat of severe weather shouldn't be an excuse to raise prices. 

What is price gouging?

Price gouging—or charging too much in times of crisis—is against North Carolina law when a disaster, an emergency or an abnormal market disruption for critical goods and services is declared or proclaimed by the Governor.  The law applies to all levels of the supply chain from the manufacturer to the distributor to the retailer.

How does the law define price gouging?

North Carolina law (Chapter 75-38) defines price gouging as charging “a price that is unreasonably excessive under the circumstances.” There is no set price or percentage increase defined in the law so the law can apply to different products and services in times of crisis. In this case, the law has in effect specifically to prevent gas price gouging. If a gas price looks excessive, report it and we will look into it.

How can I report price gouging?

You can report price gouging three ways:

  • File a complaint online at
  • Mail us a complaint to: Consumer Protection Division 

                 Attorney General's Office

                 Mail Service Center 9001

                 Raleigh, NC 27699-9001

  • Call 1-877-5-NO-SCAM (toll-free within North Carolina) or 919-716-6000.

What should I report?

It’s helpful if you can provide receipts if you purchased gas, or photos of gas station price signs you spot.

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