The Consumer Protection Division of the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office is actively following up on complaints received and evidence uncovered about instances of price gouging by businesses throughout the county.
Since county officials and the Governor declared a state of emergency and since the shelter in place order was announced, our office has recorded a steady stream of calls and e-mails notifying us of instances of price gouging on products ranging from paper goods to cleaning supplies and food. DA Inspectors also continue to investigate leads that crop up on social media platforms. DA Inspectors are actively following up on leads by going to stores suspected of price gouging and issuing written warnings. Should the practice continue, merchants may face criminal charges.