COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) – The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs) is encouraging consumers to be aware of price gouging following Gov. Nikki Haley declaring a state of emergency in response to Hurricane Matthew.
According to a press release, price gouging happens when a business offers a product or service at a much higher price than the average price of the product or service in the 30 days prior to the state of emergency.
Price gouging only happens when either the governor, the attorney general or the president has declared a state of emergency, the release stated.
Consumers who believe they are victims of price gouging are encouraged to keep documentation of the good or service purchased and report it to the police.
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