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News Release
Friday, September 08, 2017

MAYOR TURNER URGES CONSUMERS TO REPORT PRICE-GOUGING AND FLOOD-RELATED SCAMS

HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner urges Houston residents to report any price-gouging and scams related to the Hurricane Harvey flood to the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

The state agency’s toll-free consumer fraud hotline is 1-800-621-0508. Go to https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/emergency/hurricane-harvey for more information.

“Any business or individual who tries to make flood victims into victims again, by jacking up prices on their products or services, or by failing to do work for which they have been paid, needs to be quickly reported to the state of Texas,” the mayor said. “Their shameful behavior should lead to them being publicly shamed.”

In Texas, offenders who engage in price gouging can face fines of up to $20,000 per offense, and up to $250,000 if the victim is 65 or older.

Reports of price-gouging in Houston after the flood have been scattered. Across the state, hundreds of people have complained about the practice following Hurricane Harvey, according to the state.




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