Pantyhose Scam, 1984, Connecticut

May 18, 2013 under What to Avoid

I was surprised to come across a scam story online that happened in 1984 in United States.  Pittsburgh newspaper published an article that seemed more like actions of a street scam agency rather than an actual hosiery corporation.  I wonder how someone would get so desperate to sell their product in order to use such tactics.  Would love to hear your opinion!

Newspaper Article on Pantyhose Scam

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – May 4, 1984

pantyhose scam story

Hartford, Conn. (AP) – State officials said yesterday they are going to court to stop a “pantyhose scam” they claim has been perpetrated on Connecticut residents.

Attorney General Joseph I. Liberman and Consumer Protection Commissioner Mary M. Heslin said Hosiery Corporation of America, based in Philadelphia, mailed packets containing four pairs of pantyhose to an undetermined number of Connecticut households.

Recipients were told one pair was a gift and they would have to pay for the other three by a deadline or their credit status would be damaged.

“This pantyhose scam is a flagrant violation of both state and federal laws, which make it clear that an unsolicited merchandise sent through the mail is an unconditional gift and can be kept by the recipient,” said Lieberman.

Liberman said the state filed suit against the company seeking a court order to prevent it from continuing the scheme.  The suit also seeks restitution for everyone who paid for the hosiery.

In addition, the attorney general said, the suit targets Retrieval Masters Credit Bureau Inc. of New York, which sought to collect on the “overdue” accounts.

“While the collection agency is not being faulted for attempting to collect what it perceived were overdue accounts, we are suing them because they do not have a licence to act as a collection agency in this state,” Helsin said.

Liberman and Mrs. Heslin urged those who received the mailings to contact her office in Hartford.

5 Responses to "Pantyhose Scam, 1984, Connecticut"

  • Eric says:

    If you read closely, the Connecticut Attorney General quoted is Joe LIeberman, who later would become a Senator, and in 2000 would be the Democratic Party’s vice presidential candidate when former VP Al Gore ran for president against then-Gov. George W. Bush.

  • Gillian says:

    There was a similar scam put on me recently. It was a dvd mailed to me and the language made it sound like it was free even if I didn’t subscribe/sign up. A few weeks later I get a mailing saying that they haven’t heard from me and that I had to send it back if I didn’t sign up. So I mailed it back. I think it was mailed from CAPITAL ONE.

  • Gillian says:

    Correction-the dvd was mailed to me from DISCOVER.

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