Consumer hotline established to ID businesses engaged in gouging

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A consumer protection hotline is available to Riverside County residents who believe there are businesses engaged in price gouging related to the novel coronavirus emergency, authorities said today. Both the state and county have prohibitions against gouging, which the law defines as businesses that raise prices in excess of 10% on goods and services generally recognized as essential -- food, fuel, shelter -- during a state of emergency. The hotline set up by county District Attorney's Office Bureau of Investigations staff is 951-955-0764. Complaints may also be lodged online at https://bit.ly/2WfQNID, or directly to the California Department of Justice at https://oag.ca.gov/contact/consumer-complaint-against-business-or-company. District Attorney Mike Hestrin re
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