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Telemarketers are Wisconsin's top consumer-complaint


A model demonstrates a Nexus One smartphone, the first mobile phone Google will sell directly to consumers based on its Android platform, after a news conference at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California January 5, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
A model demonstrates a Nexus One smartphone, the first mobile phone Google will sell directly to consumers based on its Android platform, after a news conference at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California January 5, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News) For the 11th year in a row telemarketers are Wisconsin's Number-One consumer complaint. Just over 2,000 people were mad enough about false-and-persistent phone pitches to call the state's consumer protection agency. That's twice as many complaints as the next's highest consumer beef, landlord-tenant disputes.

Division administrator Sandy Chalmers said many of the telemarketer complaints involved automated robo-calls which got seniors to buy fraudulent medical alert devices -- along with other types of senior assistance. Last month a federal judge put a halt to 10 Florida companies that allegedly tried tricking seniors into buy medical-alert devices. Chalmers said her agency helped the federal government with its enforcement effort.

Tele-communications was the state's third-highest consumer complaint, followed by identity theft, home improvement issues, airline tie-ups, inaccurate gas pumps, motor vehicle sales and repairs, and contest promotions.

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