Harvey victims say stores are price-gouging on gas and drinking water

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"We expect more complaints in the wake of the storm regarding home fix and construction fraud/price gouging", said Kayleigh Lovvorn, who works in media relations in the Texas Attorney General's Office.

During a natural disaster like Hurricane Harvey, it's illegal to charge consumers excessively prices for basic necessities.

"These are things you can't do in Texas", Paxton said in an interview with CNBC. Parsons advised those who suffered price gouging to save receipts and keep track of how much they were charged for later. If victims are age 65 and older, the penalty is more than 10 times higher - up to $250,000.

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As far as rumors of a shortage of goods are concerned, Paxton said that big retailers are in the process of reestablishing supply chains as quickly as they can.

A breakdown of the complaints show that at least 202 of the complaints are related to service stations.

The attorney general's office warned consumers to "be on your guard" in a statement on its website.

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'In a few specific cases, we've seen $3.50 for gas in Houston, $8.50 for bottles of water and $99 case of water complaints. In Houston, gas is going for an average of $2.17 per gallon, compared with $2.12 the week before. "The attorney general has issued stern warnings about price gouging to businesses in times of disaster, but you should still be on your guard". Best Buy also apologizing, telling ABC News it doesn't even sell cases of water.

Best Buy responded to the controversy, claiming the price was computed incorrectly because the electronics company doesn't usually sell water in bulk. And they expect even more once the waters go down.

They added that this was not an excuse but an explanation for the error. The mistake was made when employees priced a case of water using the single-bottle price for each bottle in the case, ' the spokesman said.

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