If a shopkeeper overcharges you, they ask you to pay too much for something. To overcharge isn't very honest, but it's not usually illegal either.

Sometimes it's obvious that someone is trying to overcharge you: if the taxi driver announces that you owe her a hundred dollars after driving a route that usually costs about twenty, you can call that a blatant overcharge. In other cases, you may not realize until much later. It's not uncommon for salespeople to overcharge tourists, for example, making them pay too much money because they don't know any better.

Definitions of overcharge
  1. verb
    rip off; ask an unreasonable price
    synonyms: fleece, gazump, hook, pluck, plume, rob, soak, surcharge
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    charge (someone) too little money
    extort, gouge, rack, squeeze, wring
    obtain by coercion or intimidation
    get or extort (money or other possessions) from someone
    type of:
    cheat, chisel, rip off
    deprive somebody of something by deceit
  2. noun
    a price that is too high
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    an exorbitant charge
    type of:
    the price charged for some article or service
  3. verb
    place too much a load on
    synonyms: overload, surcharge
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    type of:
    lade, laden, load, load up
    fill or place a load on
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