I learned something new today: you can report hoarding and price gouging to the Justice Department.The Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Facebook page is calling it "COVID-19 fraud." You can help the efforts to stop this during our world crisis.

Looking for more information about COVID-19 fraud, what to look for, and where to report it? The Justice Department set up a new website with information: https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus.

Posted by FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Now, I have been lucky to not be without during the pandemic, but many people are struggling to find everything from toilet paper to Tylenol. I've also heard complaints of price gouging on essential products. The Justice Department WANTS you to report any COVID-19 fraud you may come across.

The Department of Justice is remaining vigilant in detecting, investigating, and prosecuting wrongdoing related to the crisis.  In a memo to U.S. Attorneys, Attorney General Barr said, "The pandemic is dangerous enough without wrongdoers seeking to profit from public panic and this sort of conduct cannot be tolerated."

- justice.gov

If you have information on hoarding or price gouging of essentials, you're encouraged to report it. It's easy to contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud from home. You can call the national hotline at (866) 720-5721 or email disaster@leo.gov. For more information, check out the this page from the Justice Department.

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