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Kaul: Watch out for coronavirus price gouging, scams

Posted at 9:41 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 22:45:19-04

MILWAUKEE-- Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul is warning Wisconsin residents about potential coronavirus price gouging scams.

Kaul plans to have the State Department of Justice respond quickly to any consumer complaints that arrive in his office. The State DOJ works with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection or DATCAP to monitor any complaints.

The state attorney general said that residents should be aware of those looking to take advantage of people concerned by COVID-19.

"People should be aware that unfortunately when situations like this arise, unscrupulous people sometimes attempt to use that situation to take advantage to commit scams," Kaul said.

One important factor; communication. Kaul said that people should be cautious when reviewing emails or taking phone calls about coronavirus. State agencies are quickly working to identify and stop potential scams as they discover them.

"At the Department of Justice, part of our role is to enforce our consumer protection laws," said Kaul. We work with DATCAP on that and if anybody sees a suspicious communication, potential fraud, I encourage them to contact DATCAP and we are going to take those very seriously. "

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