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The Department of Justice has established a website, tip line and email for reporting price gouging and fraud. The National Center for Disaster Fraud is coordinating the effort and will direct complaints to the appropriate federal and/or state authorities.
In a memo to United States Attorneys, Attorney General Barr stated that “[t]he pandemic is dangerous enough without wrongdoers seeking to profit from public panic and this sort of conduct cannot be tolerated.”
In addition, Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen also directed each U.S. Attorney to appoint a Coronavirus Fraud Coordinator to serve as the legal counsel for the federal judicial district on matters relating to the Coronavirus, direct the prosecution of Coronavirus-related crimes, and to conduct outreach and awareness activities.
Some examples of these schemes include:
Some examples of reported price gouging include:
If you suspect that someone is trying to take advantage of your situation after a natural disaster or if you’ve been victimized, call the National Center for Disaster Fraud (at 866-720-5721 or email Disaster@LEO.gov