Swanson sues two companies for defrauding customers

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has filed suit against companies in Arizona and Utah that she says cheated seniors with sales scams. The two companies are EMT Medical and AMP Alarm.

Swanson charged that EMT was selling online medical records and telling customers new federal health legislation required their product.

She said the alarm company was selling services door to door with deceptive sales tactics, and without disclosure required by the state. Swanson warned homeowners to stay away from the two companies.

"It's a lot easier to hang up the phone than it is to deal with the aftermath of getting scammed," said Swanson. "People need to know that it is OK to hang up the phone or to shut the door. Because once you start talking, they count on that talking to talk their way into your home and talk you out of your bank account information."

Swanson filed suits against the companies in Hennepin County District Court. Swanson said she would also like to see Minnesota extend its three-day grace period for voiding door to door sales.

Minnesota Public Radio
Article Publish Date: 
May 11, 2010