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Nearly 2,000 complaints of fraudsters fleecing Hurricane Harvey survivors

WASHINGTON: As some waters recede following Hurricane Harvey’s devastating winds and rain, reports of scam artists taking advantage of victims are surging. As of Friday afternoon, Texas authorities had received 1,992 complaints about price gouging and fraud, with 636 of the complaints about gas stations overcharging customers, said Jennifer Speller, a spokeswoman for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. A Best Western hotel is accused of gouging an estimated 40 customers, according to Texas television station KXAN, which…