Avoiding Scams & Price Gouging Resources
Texas Watch and the Texas Watch Foundation are committed to helping consumers navigate these difficult times. It is important that we all stay home and stay safe. To help you do so, we have compiled resources for avoiding scams and price gouging. For more resources, please see www.texaswatch.org/covid19.
Scams to be aware of:
Fraudulent Healthcare Schemes (Office of Inspector General)
About Price Gouging:
Texas' law, the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act, says that selling any necessity at an exorbitant or excessive price, or demanding an exorbitant or excessive price, during a disaster is illegal. Unlike other states, price gouging is not defined by a percentage increase of price in Texas. Price gouging can occur online and in brick-and-mortar stores.
If you see an instance of price gouging, you should report it to the Attorney General of Texas. If you suspect an online seller of price gouging, you can also report it to the online platform.
What you need to file a Consumer Complaint in Texas (Texas Attorney General)
What’s being done to combat price gouging:
Sign the US PIRG’s Petition to Tell the FTC to stop price gouging in emergencies (US PIRG)
To report price gouging:
How to spot and report price gouging (TX Attorney General)
Price gouging with online sellers:
Price gouging on “Offer Up”: Email your complaint with sufficient details and a copy of the seller’s link to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated: April 29, 2020Learn Category: