Price gouging 101: What to know about excessive prices

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The Texas Attorney General's office said the number of consumer complaints tied to Hurricane Harvey is growing quickly.

So far, 75 people have submitted gouging, scams or fraud complaints. The AG's office is asking people to report owners who increase prices after a disaster declaration.

The concern is for essential goods, including food, water and gas. 13 Eyewitness News found some frustrated drivers who found premium gas prices at $4.19 a gallon.

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Gas prices fluctuate as demand goes up, Nick Natario reports.

"This makes me embarrassed to be an American and to be charging these prices, Adriana Weather said.

"Disappointing," Dorsey Parker said. "Just disappointing somebody is trying to take advantage of hard working Americans who are just trying to stay safe and possibly get out of a bad situation."

Just because the price increases the attorney general's office said doesn't mean there is gouging. The market can fluctuate the price. Also, fuel experts believe the storm will increase the price at the pump by 15 cents.

"It's more than double than it used to be yesterday," said driver Paulina Davila. "But what can we do? It's an emergency. I have to gas my car."

If you believe you are a victim, you can file a complaint with the state attorney general's office.

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