During a declared state of emergency, the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act makes it illegal for a business or individual to sell or lease fuel, food, medicine, lodging, building materials, construction tools, or other necessities at an exorbitant or excessive price.
Texas remains under a state of emergency amid frigid winter weather and continuing power outages.
The Harris County Attorney’s Office (HCAO) is urging residents to reports any instances of price gouging the encounter. HCAO will use reports submitted through its website to pursue actions against those attempting to take advantage of Harris County residents during the state of emergency.
“This historic weather event is incredibly challenging for Harris County residents who are already under strain because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Harris County Attorney Christian Menefee. “Overpaying for necessities to survive freezing temperatures is the last thing folks need to worry about. I urge you to report price gouging on our website. We will hold businesses and individuals accountable for unfair practices.”
How to report price gouging in Harris County:
- Text your complaint, pictures and receipts to 346-352-7459.
- Complete the online form at harriscountycao.org/report-price-gouging.
How to report price gouging in Texas:
- Call the Office of the Attorney General’s toll-free complaint line at (800) 621-0508.
- File a complaint online here.
If you’ve seen price gouging, we’d like to hear from you. Please complete the form below to send your instance of price gouging to KPRC 2 Investigates.