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.

Victoria Secret and their Knock Off Lawsuit

November 12, 2012 under News

Recently Victoria Secret was sued by their former hosiery supplier – Zephyrs.  They stopped buying from them, but continued to use photos of their products on packaging of other hosiery that was of lower quality.

The only thing that changed was that the label now read “made in Canada” rather than “made in Italy”.  Zephyrs feels that Victoria Secret presented a Canadian knock off as if it was that high quality Italian brand that they originally worked with.

This lawsuit was processed in Columbus, Ohio to claim false advertising and fraud.  Maybe it’s a little off topic, but for me lately a lot of things were revolving around that city!  I even ended up there in August – exactly the month when they had that case submitted.

Styles that are being recalled are Lace Top Fish Net Stockings, Fish Net Thigh-Highs With Backseam, and Signature Stripe Thigh-High With Bows.  If you ever tried those, I’d love to hear from you!

Below you can see some images that show you the differences in the welt of the stockings.