Minutes after Gov. Nathan Deal ordered a State of Emergency for all 159 counties in Georgia Wednesday, Attorney General Chris Carr sent out a warning for consumers to be on the lookout for scams and possible price gouging as Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast.

“Sadly enough, con artists often exploit disasters by taking advantage of storm victims or preying on the sympathies of those who want to help out,” said Attorney General Carr. “The Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit is authorized to investigate scams and price gouging, and Georgia law sets penalties for the offenses ranging from $2,000 to $15,000 per violation. 

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