State Consumer Protection is getting word out of a door-to-door scam involving people selling books in which the sales supposedly benefit UW hospital. Glen Lloyd, WI Trade and Consumer Protection Spokesman, says the hospital is not affiliated with any door-to-door crew. The swindlers have also attempted to get inside the home. He says the crew may ask to use the bathroom or come in for a glass of water. There's been a report of a member smelling like alcohol.
Lloyd says the crews are likely out-of-towners but may claim to be UW students or live up the street. Middleton police have kicked them out for operating without a permit but it's likely the swindlers may be canvassing the state.
Complaints or more information about door-to-door operations is available from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection : 1-800-422-7128.