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Consumers Urged to Report Price Gouging During Storms

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Officials are urging New Yorkers to report incidents of price gouging and scams by people looking to make money on the misfortunes of those hit hard by winter storms.

Under state law, it's illegal to jack up prices for necessary items such as shelter, fuel, generators or lumber during emergency situations like Friday's ice storm upstate.

Price gouging rules also apply to repairs made to property damaged by storms.

Consumers are urged to do their homework before hiring a contractor to avoid being scammed.

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