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Reports of price gouging in Nevada amid coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 7:52 AM, Aug 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-08 10:53:00-04

NEVADA (KTNV) — Nevada’s COVID-19 task force says it has received over 260 price gouging complaints on their hotline.

With state and federal investigators looking into those claims.

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13 Action News spoke to a local attorney who says it's easy to tell whether you're paying a legal surcharge or being gouged at the register.

"Surcharges are an exception to the price gouging laws and they're very minor compared to the price increases that you see with price gouging. For example, a surcharge can just be 3% and these are natural increases in prices because of direct cost to the sellers,” said attorney Ayesha Mehdi.

Three percent isn't a lot but some gouging can be a sudden 300-400% increase in prices at the same time you're seeing a rush on items.

Price gouging or fraud can be reported in the state by contacting the Nevada attorney general’s office.