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Price Gouging Prohibited due to Declared Emergency in Texas

The Texas Business and Commerce Code prevents price gouging during a declared emergency and will continue for 30 days after the date the declaration expires or is terminated. Governor Abbott issued a disaster declaration on February 12th, followed by the local state of disaster issued by Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez. The declaration by the County Judge implemented controls to address price gouging during the cold weather.


To report any alleged price gouging, the public should file a complaint online or call the Texas Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-621-0508. For further assistance, residents can also call the Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney’s Office at 956-292-7600

Texans who have encountered price gouging or other disaster scams should call our Consumer Protection Hotline (800) 621-0508 or file a complaint online at txoag.force.com/CPDOnlineForm To learn more about dis­as­ter and emer­gency scams visit this important site here.