Attorney Generals Are Taking Action to Protect Consumers During Coronavirus Pandemic

Attorneys general are warning consumers to beware of scams and price gouging associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Unfortunately, crises like this often bring out scam artists hoping to take advantage of people’s fears and concerns.  Attorneys general enforce consumer protection laws that prohibit scams.  Many attorneys general also enforce statutes prohibiting price gouging. Price gouging refers to sellers trying to take unfair advantage of consumers during an emergency or disaster by greatly increasing prices for essential consumer goods and services.  Laws on price gouging vary depending on where you live. To report price gouging concerns, click on the button below.

Below are some of the actions being taken by Attorneys General to protect consumers.

Attorney General Enforcement Actions, Alerts and Press Releases


Attorney General Warns Businesses and Consumers About Properly Disclosing COVID-19-Related Surcharges

Consumer Alert: Work-from-Home and Classroom Cybersecurity

Scam Warning: Work-from-Home Scams

Scam Warning: “Grandparent” Scams During COVID-19

Arizona Attorney General Issues Cease and Desist Letter to Business Selling COVID-19 “Immunity” Tablets

Arizona Attorney General Issues Issues Cease and Desist Letter to Dispensary Over COVID-19 Tincture Advertising

Attorney General Launches COVID-19 Fraud Task Force

Attorney General Urges Gyms to End In-Person Cancellation Policies During COVID-19

Scam Warning About New COVID-19 Scams

Scam Warning, Statement to Potential Violators

Scam Warning


Video Consumer Alert: Beware of Robocall, Phishing, and Impostor Scams as Florida Reopens

Video: Attorney General Recognizes Price Gouging Hotline Team Members for Protecting Consumers During COVID-19

Attorney General Takes Action Against Marketing Company for Using Fake COVID-19 Stimulus Checks in Car Promotions

Attorney General Secures Refunds for Consumers During Price Gouging Crackdown

Attorney General Issues Subpoenas Against Third-Party Sellers Over Allegations of Price Gouging 

Consumer Alert: Nursing Homes Cannot Claim COVID-19 Stimulus Payments

Video Consumer Alert: Online PPE Scams

Video: Attorney General Protects Consumers and Secures Refunds

Video: Consumer App to Report COVID-19-Related Price Gouging

Video: Floridians Help Attorney General Fight Price Gouging

Video Consumer Alert: Don’t Give Scammers Your Personal Information Through Online Games

Video Consumer Alert: Track Stimulus Payment to Prevent Fraud

Video Consumer Alert: COVID-19 Robocall Scams

Video: Attorney General and Emmitt Smith Urge Consumers to Report Scams

Video: Attorney General Issues 65 Subpoenas Related to Price Gouging

Video Consumer Alert: Federal Stimulus Check Scams

Attorney General Works to Protect Seniors from COVID-19 Scams

Video: Attorney General Works to Deter Price Gouging

Video Consumer Alert: Videoconference Privacy

Video Consumer Alert: Price Gouging

Consumer Alert (March 25, 2020)

Consumer Alert (March 24, 2020)

Investigation into Norwegian Cruise Lines

March 19, 2020 Statement: Working with U.S. Attorneys to Stop Scams

Consumer Alert (March 16, 2020)

Activation of Price Gouging Hotline


Consumer Alert: COVID-19 Scams

Scam Warning: Email Scam Targeting Faith-Based Communities

Consumer Alert: Fraudulent COVID-19 Websites, Texts, and Emails

Scam Alert: Misinformation Campaigns

Warning: Scams

Activation of Price Gouging Statute



Consumer Alert: Attorney General and Zion Williamson Urge Public to be Vigilant Against Scammers

Attorney General Activates COVID-19 Task Force

Price Gouging Laws in Effect


Consumer Alert: COVID-19 Stimlus Checks Cannot be Seized by Debt Collectors

Consumer Alert: Tips to Avoid COVID-19 Stimulus Check Scams

Scam Warning: COVID-19-Related Investment Schemes

Attorney General Warns Providers Against Billing Patients for COVID-19 Testing

Scam Warning: COVID-19 Aid

Scam Warning


Attorney General Takes Action on Price Gouging

Attorney General Protects Consumer Credit During COVID-19

Attorney General on High Alert for Online Price Gouging

Attorney General and Michigan Senators Discuss Consumer Protection

Consumer Alert: Digital COVID-19-Related Scam Outreach

Scam Warning: Federal COVID-19 Relief

Attorney General Investigates Business Allegedly Ripping Off Face Mask Customers

Consumer Alert: Door-to-Door Scammers During COVID-19

Attorney General Tells Businesses to Stop Selling Fake COVID-19 Test Kits

Consumer Alert: Video Teleconference Hijacking

Attorney General Warns Menard’s of Harmful Business Practices During COVID-19

Consumer Alert: COVID-19-Related Medicare/Medicaid Scams

Consumer Alert: Federal Stimulus Scam

Michigan Attorney General Issues Cease and Desist Letter to Business Misleading Public About Face Masks

Michigan Attorney General Issues Cease and Desist Letter to Online Businesses Over Price Gouging

Michigan Attorney General Issues Cease and Desist Letter to Health Care Supplier Over Price Gouging

Michigan Attorney General Issues Cease and Desist Letter to Businesses Selling Fake Coronavirus Patches

Michigan Attorney General Issues Cease and Desist Letter to Menard’s

Michigan Attorney General Issues Cease and Desist Letter to A.M. Cleaning & Supplies (March 30, 2020 Update: Attorney General Takes Further Action)

Assigns Special Agents to Price Gouging Investigations

Consumer Alert: Phishing Scams

Consumer Alert: Spoofing Health Department Phone Numbers Seeking Medicaid, Medicare Information

Action Taken Against EBay

Warning Against Businesses

Other Efforts to Fight Price Gouging

Price Gouging Hotline


Consumer Alert: Medicaid Patients Should be Wary of Assisted Living Facilities Taking Their Stimulus Checks

Consumer Alert: Medicaid Fraud & COVID-19

Consumer Alert: CARES Act Payment Scams

Consumer Alert: COVID-19 Scams, Price Gouging

Attorney General Issues Civil Investigative Demand to Third-Party Retailers

Attorney General Works With Grocers Association to Fight Price Gouging

Consumer Alert: Attorney General Works With Facebook to Fight Price Gouging

Debut of New Price Gouging Complaint Form

Announcing Partnership with Amazon to Fight Price Gouging

Attorney General Issues Temporary Restraining Order Against The Jim Bakker Show Over Fraudulent COVID-19 Treatment 

Missouri Attorney General Issues Cease and Desist Letter to Business Price Gouging Face Masks

Missouri Attorney General Issues Cease and Desist Letter to Businesses Over Price Gouging

Missouri Attorney General Issues Cease and Desist Letter to Man Selling N95 Face Masks

Consumer Alert (Charity Scams)

Consumer Alert

Warning (Medical Supply Chain Price Gouging)

New Hampshire

Scam Warning: COVID-19 Scams Targeting Aging Adults

Scam Warning: Federal COVID-19 Relief

Scam Warning: COVID-19-Related Employment Security Scam

Scam Warning: Charities


Scam Warning: Puppy and Pet Selling Scams During COVID-19

Consumer Tips: Avoiding Scams While Playing Online Games

Consumer Tips: Avoiding COVID-19-Related Jobs Scams

Attorney General Forms COVID-19 Task Force

Scam Warning: Stimulus Check Scams

Consumer Alert: Attorney General’s Military Program Continues Services During COVID-19

Scam Warning

Update on Efforts to Monitor for Scams

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Scam Warning: Federal COVID-19 Relief

Consumer Alert: COVID-19 Scams

Scam Warning

Virgin Islands

Consumer Alert: COVID-19 Scams

West Virginia


Consumer Alert: Online Safety

Consumer Alert: COVID-19 Scams

Scam Warning: Charities

Consumer Alert: Know Your Rights Regarding Price Gouging

Scams and Price Gouging Warning

Price Gouging Statutes By State