July 31, 2008
Car Sales Top List of Buyer Gripes
By St. Petersburg Times, Fla.
Jul. 31--There were hurricane shutter salesmen and a wedding photographer in Pinellas County who never delivered as promised. There was a Tampa resident who switched to Bright House Networks and discovered he had phone, cable and Internet service only from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. And there was an Orlando man who put a $4,000 deposit down on a car he found on the Internet but never got his wheels.
The fastest-growing areas of complaint involved home improvements, Internet sales, mortgage fraud and foreclosure, credit and debt collection and fake-check scams. The national roundup mirrors a statewide scam-assessment published annually by Florida's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. But the No. 1 complaint in Florida is buried in eighth place on the nationwide list: Violations of the do-not-call list.
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