Be aware of scams
Scams and frauds exploiting COVID-19 have been noted overseas and are expected to be seen in New Zealand. They may arrive in the form of an email, text, phone call or through social media.
For more information on what to watch out for and where to report scams, visit the following websites:
It is not illegal for businesses to increase their prices; however, the Fair Trading Act prohibits misleading and deceptive conduct and false representations. This means that if a business gives a reason for a price increase it must be true, otherwise the business risks breaching the law.
If you suspect a business is providing false or misleading information as to why prices have increased, you can make a complaint to the Commerce Commission.
Complete the Price Watch form if you have concerns about price increases on essential goods or services.