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State Attorney General Warns Of Scams And Price-Gouging Following Winter Blast

February 7, 2014

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General is warning the public about the possibilities of scams and price-gouging following the winter storms which left hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians without power and prompted emergency declarations to be issued by both President Obama and Governor Corbett.

As of Friday morning, an estimated 257,000 electricity customers across the state remained without power from the ice and snow storm which swept through Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane says the state’s price-gouging law prohibits anyone selling or distributing goods or services from exacting what she called unconscionably excessive increases above average prices from the week prior to the declared emergency.  Those found guilty can be fined up to $10,000 per violation.

Potential price-gouging may be reported via the toll-free Consumer Protection Helpline at 1 – 800 – 441 – 2555, or online.

Kane also advised residents to be aware of scammers who may attempt to prey on storm victims in the aftermath of the winter emergency.

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