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Dozens of price-gouging businesses were ordered to cease and desist after the Attorney General's Office received complaints from Pennsylvania consumers.

As of March 17, AG Josh Shapiro's office received 1,171 reports of price hikes during the COVID-19 pandemic, Shapiro said.

The office followed up with 45 verified complaints and issued 34 cease and desist letters and subpoenas.

One suburban Philadelphia store was selling $2.00 hand sanitizer for $19.00, but stopped after the AG's office delivered a cease and desist letter from its Bureau of Consumer Protection.

“I’m grateful to everyone in the Commonwealth for reporting their concerns to our Office,” Shapiro said. “During these uncertain times, taking advantage of consumers in need of cleaning supplies and paper products is not only outrageous, it’s illegal.” 

You can report price gouging through the office's dedicated price gouging e-mail, pricegouging@attorneygeneral.gov.