Kentucky’s attorney general sent a message Saturday that scam artists and unscrupulous business owners won’t be tolerated as the commonwealth’s residents deal with widespread and devastating tornado damage.
Attorney General Daniel Cameron said he was activating a hotline where residents could report price-gougers. The hotline number is 888-432-9257. Reports can also be made online at ag.ky.gov/pricegouging.
A second line was set up at 502-696-5300, FOX 19 of Cincinnati reported.
“Kentuckians in more than a dozen counties experienced damage and loss as a result of the widespread severe weather that swept through Western and Central Kentucky on Friday night and Saturday morning,” Cameron said in a statement. “We’re activating the price gouging hotline to assist local communities with responding and to ensure that no Kentuckian experiences predatory pricing as they’re purchasing emergency supplies.”
State law prohibits excessive price hikes on specific items during emergency situations, FOX 19 reported. The items include food, cleanup supplies, emergency-response supplies, medical supplies, home heating oil, construction supplies, housing, transportation, freight and storage services and fuels for vehicles, the report said.