BBB: Beware of scams during coronavirus pandemic

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The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be aware of any scams during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Don’t panic. Keep yourself safe” said Carmen Million, CEO & President of the Better Business Bureau of southeast Louisiana. “Any time you have a disaster, price gouging comes into it” Million said.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry says the state is currently investigating at least 51 cases of price gouging across the state.

“What we want people to do if you suspect price gouging, contact the better business bureau and we also urge you to contact the Attorney General’s office” said Million.

Million says consumers dealing with cancellations and postponements of events with vendors should try to reach agreements with the business to postpone or receive refunds. Million suggests reading through your contracts thoroughly and if you still have questions contact the BBB.

Congress and the White House administration is working on an economic stimulus plan to provide Americans with financial relief during the coronavirus pandemic. Million says she expects more cases of scammers to be reported when details of that stimulus plan are released.

“That is an opening for a scammer to contact consumers, tell them that they are with the government and all they need is your bank account” Million said. “Be cautious. If someone asks you your personal financial information… don’t fall for it” she said. “When in doubt, check it out.”

To contact the Better Business Bureau, call (225) 346-5222 or click here.

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