immediate release --June 22, 1999.
Contact Bob Brammer, 515-281-6699
General: Stop Solicitation Disguised as a Notice
That Consumers Have Packages to Claim
bulletins placed on doors in Des Moines said "immediate action required"
and consumers should call "for delivery information."
The Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division has directed a Des
Moines vacuum cleaner seller to stop placing notices on doors which appear
to be a notice that the consumer has a package to claim.
"This is a misleading
solicitation that violates Iowa's Consumer Fraud Act," said Attorney
General Tom Miller. "The bright yellow card is left at people's doors
and is disguised to look like an important notice that the recipient must
make a call to claim a delivery. In reality, the so-called notice is a
device to solicit sales of vacuum cleaners."
Callers are told the
company -- Carlson Technologies, Inc., 7520 University Blvd., Clive --
will deliver coupons for free hotel lodging in Branson, Las Vegas and
other vacation sites. However, consumers must see a vacuum cleaner demonstration
in their homes.
The Consumer Protection
Division told Carlson Technologies today that it considered the "notices"
to be deceptive and misleading. The Division also noted that there have
been many complaints over the years about so-called travel certificates
-- that they may be of little value because of various restrictions and
hidden or extra costs.
appear to have been placed on doors in several metro Des Moines neighborhoods.
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