Attorney general warns against price gouging

MOBILE, Ala. (AP)_Law enforcement officials are warning that they will go after unscrupulous people who try to profit illegally from Hurricane Dennis.

State Attorney General Troy King says the governor has declared a state of emergency, which triggers a state law against unconscionable pricing. That's something that is at least 25 percent above the normal price, unless the increase can be attributed to a reasonable cost. The law carries a fine of up to one thousand dollars per violation.

King says home repair fraud is always a serious problem after a natural disaster. He's encouraging homeowners to find out as much as possible about workers, ask for proof that they are bonded or insured, get a written estimate, and ask for references. He also says don't pay too much up front and get a business address for the workers, not just a pager or cell phone number.

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