During natural disasters or other state of emergency events, price-gouging can occur. “Price-gouging” refers to businesses that charge exorbitant prices for necessities due to an increase in demand typically around the time of a severe weather event.
If you feel that you have been the victim of price-gouging, here are some steps you can take:
- Note the time, place, address, and name of the gas station
- Write down the price you paid
- Note any prices nearby and get the same information on those stations
- Take pictures that identify the station and price
- Provide your name and contact information
Contact the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office at [email protected] or 803-737-3953 if you have witnessed a violation. The S.C. Attorney General’s Office will need this information to conduct a thorough investigation.