Cooper warns NC residents to watch out for scams

Attorney General Roy Cooper

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Attorney General Roy Cooper is warning residents to be on the lookout for scammers taking advantage of Hurricane Matthew.

At a news conference Wednesday Cooper said fraudulent charities or restoration services may try and exploit any damage caused by the storm.

He said his office will be working overtime in the coming days to make sure no one is being taken advantage of.

Cooper also wants folks to ask lots of questions in the coming weeks. If something doesn’t seem right, don’t go along with it and report it to the Attorney General’s office.

Do not give out any personal information to people you do not know, and beware of any kind of service that wants you to pay first.

Cooper also said to steer clear of folks who show up at your door, or try to rush you into a decision. Ask for official ID from anyone who claims to be with the government.

Also, if you want to help out folks who are impacted by this storm, be careful which charity you donate to.

“It’s better to contribute to the established charities, the ones that have a good track record, the ones that we know are going to provide assistance,” said Cooper.

Cooper also discussed the price gouging law, which is in effect now.

He says to report severely inflated prices on anything from gas to chainsaws. To make a report to the attorney general’s office, go to and click the consumer tab. You can also call 1-877-566-7226 or 919-716-6000.

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