SOURCE: AAA Texas

September 11, 2008 16:37 ET

AAA Texas: Be Aware of Potential Price Gouging

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - September 11, 2008) - AAA Texas encourages citizens to report any incident of price gouging as you evacuate before the storm and on your return to the area. The Texas Attorney General has issued warnings letting potential gougers know they will be prosecuted.

Citizen reports from past disasters have listed services such as hotels, gas stations, and convenience stores as the most frequent price gougers. Goods that are most often subject to price gouging can include: gas, batteries, drinking water and food.

"If you believe you are the victim of price gouging, keep your receipts and file a report with the Attorney General's Office," AAA Texas spokesman Dan Ronan said. "By submitting a report you can help ensure that others don't also become victims."

To submit a report to the Attorney's General's office you can call: 1-800-252-8011. AAA Texas encourages citizens to remain proactive and alert during evacuation and return travel.

Additional information can be found at: http://www.oag.state.tx.us/consumer/price_gouging.shtml

AAA Texas has served members since 1902. Today, AAA Texas provides services to its members that include roadside assistance, auto, home and life insurance products, maps, international and domestic travel planning and reservations; pedestrian and traffic safety programs; automotive pricing, financial services, including consumer loans, deposit accounts and credit cards. Information about these products and services is available on the AAA Texas web site at www.AAA.com.

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