Los Angeles -- Warning members of the public to beware of misinformation, price gouging and scams connected to the coronavirus pandemic, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and District Attorney Jackie Lacey today announced the creation of a Joint Coronavirus Task Force (the L.A. County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs and L.A. County Counsel are also participating), and detailed multiple efforts to stop illegal and dangerous practices.
“We’re fighting to protect an anxious and uncertain public from price-gouging, online scams and misinformation,” said Feuer. “My Office is investigating traditional stores and online retailers, uncovering unsubstantiated advertising claims about alleged coronavirus prevention, treatment, and cures, and investigating safety products—such as protective masks—that may not perform as advertised, as well as products being sold at astronomical prices. And we’re taking action. If you’re a victim, please contact our Office.”
“As prosecutors, we see first-hand how consumer fraud can infringe on our sense of security, shatter our trust and endanger our well-being,” Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said. “The consequences of today’s scams are more than just financial. These frauds may affect our health and