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

Arizona

Scam Warning: Attorney General Warns of Scams Claiming to Have COVID-19 Test Results

Attorney General Sends Cease and Desist Letters Over Claims That Air Filtration System Neutralizes COVID-19 

Consumer Alert: Nursing Homes Cannot Take COVID-19 Stimulus Checks

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

Florida

Video: Attorney General Launches Scams at a Glance Resource to Prevent Consumer Fraud

Video Consumer Alert: Credit Agencies Offering Free Credit Reports During COVID-19

Video Consumer Alert: Attorney General Recovers Over $700,000 for Consumers During COVID-19 Pandemic

Video Consumer Alert: Beware of Fake COVID-19 Contact Tracing Calls

Video Consumer Alert: Attorney General Warns Against Work-From-Home Scams Targeting College Students

Video Consumer Alert: Attorney General Takes Action to Stop COVID-19 Scam Targeting Seniors

Consumer Alert: ‘No Scam’ App to Report Price Gouging Now Available in Spanish

Attorney General Secures Refunds for Consumers who Purchased Fraudulent COVID-19 Home Test Kits

Video Consumer Alert: Attorney General Seeks Information on Privacy Protections for Children Using TikTok

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

Georgia

Georgia’s Price Gouging Statute to Stay in Effect through July 12, 2020

Consumer Alert: Attorney General Warns Against Financial Exploitation of Older Adults During COVID-19

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

Hawaii

Idaho

Consumer Alert: Attorney General Sees Spike in Tech Support Scams During COVID-19

Scam Warning

Consumer Alert

Illinois

Kentucky

Scam Warning: Attorney General Warns of Scam Related to Unsolicited Mail Packages Containing Face Masks

Consumer Alert: Attorney General Warns of Unlawful Seizure of COVID-19 Relief Payments by Nursing Homes

Scam Warning: Fraudulent COVID-19 Testing Sites

Consumer Alert: COVID-19 Medicaid Scams

Consumer Alert: COVID-19 Scams

Attorney General Subpoenas Third-Party Sellers Over Price Gouging

Scam Warning: Charities & Medicaid

Distributes Medical Supplies from Price Gouging Scheme

Letter Urging Governor to Renew Price Gouging Order

Price Gouging Online Complaint Portal

Price Gouging Hotline

Scam Warning

Louisiana

Attorney General Leads Bipartisan Coalition Urging Federal Action to Increase Access to COVID-19 Treatment

Consumer Alert: Some in Louisiana Will Receive COVID-19 Relief Funds on Debit Cards

Consumer Alert: Medicaid Patients in Nursing Homes are Entitled to Keep COVID-19 Stimulus Checks

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

Michigan

Scam Warning: Heightened Puppy Scams During COVID-19

Attorney General Warns of Fake ‘Face Mask Exempt’ Cards

Consumer Alert: Remain Wary of Scams, Price Gouging During COVID-19

Consumer Alert: Unemployment Misinformation on Social Media

Attorney General Creates Unemployment Fraud Task Force

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

Missouri

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

Consumer Alert: Consequences of COVID-19 Unemployment Fraud

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

New York

Attorney General Announces Funding for Tenant Legal Assistance Program During COVID-19

Attorney General Announces $10 Million to Protect Homeowners During COVID-19

Attorney General Stops Fraudulent Broker From Selling PPE

Attorney General Renews Suspension of State Debt Collection During COVID-19

Attorney General Partners With District Attorney to Expand Housing Protection Initiative in Wake of COVID-19

Fraud Alert: Unemployment Benefits Scam

Attorney General and Governor Renew Suspension of Debt Collection During COVID-19

Attorney General Urges Apple and Google to Protect Consumers Using COVID-19 Contact Tracing Apps

Attorney General Sues PPE Broker for Fraud During COVID-19

Governor Strengthens Attorney General’s Price Gouging Authority

New Bill Expands Attorney General’s Authority on Price Gouging

Attorney General Sues Wholesaler Accused of Price Gouging Disinfectant Spray

Attorney General Provides Relief to Student Loan Borrowers During COVID-19

Attorney General and New York Governor Renew Suspension of State Debt Collection

Attorney General Announces New Protections for Zoom Users 

Consumer Guidance: Funeral Homes and Consumer Rights

Attorney General Calls on Cable and Satellite Providers to Give Consumers Financial Relief During COVID-19

Attorney General Blocks Investor Fraud During COVID-19 Pandemic

Attorney General Announces Stimulus Checks Off Limits to Debt Collectors

Attorney General Announces Effort to Cleanse Internet of COVID-19 Scams

Attorney General Works to Ensure Stimulus Checks Go to Families, Not Debt Collectors

Attorney General Secures Refund for Consumers with Prepaid Theme Park Passes

Attorney General Demands Sports Club Cease Charging Membership Dues During COVID-19

Scam Warning: Federal COVID-19 Relief

New York Attorney General Orders Allyn Wayne Root to Stop Selling Fake Coronavirus Treatments

New York Attorney General Orders Alex Jones to Stop Selling Fake Coronavirus Treatments

New York Attorney General Orders Companies to Stop Selling Fake Coronavirus Treatments

New York Leads 27 Attorneys General Urging Relief for Federal Student Loan Borrowers During COVID-19 Pandemic

Scam Warning

Tips for Consumers

Warning Against Price Gouging

Nevada

Attorney General Helps School Districts Provide Internet Connectivity to Students Learning From Home

COVID-19 Task Force Provides Guidance for Victims of Unemployment Benefits Fraud

Scam Warning: Beware of Utility Impostor Scams as State Reopens

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

North Dakota

Scam Warning: Social Security Number Scams on the Rise

Bogus Work at Home Online Scams Taking Advantage of Current Unemployment Crisis

Consumer Alert: COVID-19 Scams

Scam Warning: Sweepstakes Scams During COVID-19

Scam Warning

Pennsylvania

Attorney General Stops Price Gouging at Two Medical Supply Companies

Attorney General Stops Price Gouging of Hand Sanitizer at Food Market

Attorney General Stops Price Gouging of Face Masks at Philadelphia Deli

Attorney General Stops Price Gouging of Face Masks at Yorke Pharmacy

Attorney General Stops Hardware Store from Price Gouging Face Masks

Attorney General Stops Price Gouging of Face Masks at Pharmacy

Attorney General Has Saved $1.65M for Consumers During COVID-19 Pandemic

Attorney General Announces Partnership to Unlock $100M in Student Loans Savings for Pennsylvanians During COVID-19 Pandemic

Attorney General Stops Price Gouging by Amazon Seller

Attorney General Stops Price Gouging at Discount Pharmacy

Attorney General Halts Face Mask Price Gouging

Scam Warning: COVID-19-Related Unemployment and Identity Theft Scams

COVID-19-Related Price Gouging Complaints Top 5,000

Attorney General Calls for Summer Camps to Issue Refunds

Attorney General Halts Price Gouging at Convenience Store

Attorney General Stops Price Gouging at Philadelphia EZ Dollar Plus

Consumer Alert: Check Your Credit During COVID-19

Attorney General Urges Businesses to Honor Refunds for Travel and Events

Attorney General Releases Rights and Resources Guide for Pennsylvanians During COVID-19

Attorney General Settles with Convenience Store Accused of Price Gouging

Consumer Alert: Videoconference Hacking

Consumer Alert: Unemployment Scams

Dollar Bank Joins Consumer Relief Initiative

Attorney General Launches Consumer Relief Initiative During COVID-19 Pandemic

Consumer Alert

Task Force with U.S. Attorney Created to Fight Fraud

Consumer Tool to Fight Price Gouging

Update: Price Gouging Complaints Pass 1,000

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Scam Warning: Federal COVID-19 Relief

Consumer Alert: COVID-19 Scams

Scam Warning

Vermont

Scam Warning: Grandparent Scams on the Rise During COVID-19

Consumer Alert: Attorney General Reminds Consumers that COVID-19 Relief May Come in Form of Prepaid Debit Card

Attorney General Protects Consumers, Seniors During COVID-19

Attorney General Takes Action to Halt Face Mask Price Gouging Scheme 

Attorney General Sues Business to Stop Price Gouging of Face Masks 

Vermont Attorney General Letter to Fitness Club re: Requirements for Compliance with Emergency Order

Scam Warning: Federal COVID-19 Relief

Tips to Business Community

Virgin Islands

Consumer Alert: COVID-19 Scams

West Virginia

Consumer Alert: Be Alert for Identity Theft as Kids Spend More Time Online

Attorney General Alleges Egg Supplier Unlawfully Increased Prices

Scam Warning: Fake COVID-19 Text Messages

Consumer Tips

Wisconsin

Consumer Alert: How to Identify COVID-19 Contact Tracing Scammers

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