AG Issues Advisory

As many prepare to return home, investigators are warning merchants about potential price gouging.

Mississippi officials also remind merchants that overcharging is illegal.

"What we're trying to do is get the word out to merchants who want to do the right thing and prevent them from raising their prices and wind up in a criminal prosecution," said Jim Hood, Mississippi's attorney general. "Because it's a felony punishable by five years in the penitentiary."

Anyone who suspects price gouging is asked to call and report it to the state attorney general's office at (601) 359-3680.