Missouri AG advises storm victims to report profiteering

May 24, 2019 - 6:26 am

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued a warning to citizens about price gouging in the aftermath of Wednesday's destructive tornadoes.

The state is also dealing with damage from floods, hail and wind damage. It is important to make sure people who are down on their luck are not taken advantage of, said Chris Nelly, spokesman.

"Price gouging is when a business or individual jacks up their prices on essential products like food, water, gas, hotel rooms," Nelly said. "It specifically happens after a natural disaster. You'll know it when you see it."

Anyone who encounters price gouging can submit a complaint at the attorney general's website or call 800-392-8222.

"It is significant increases in prices for these unscrupulous businesses or individuals to make a quick buck off of people who are desperate," Nelly said.

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