CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Attorney General's Office is suing an out-of-state limited liability company for consumer protection violations in connection with an alleged home improvement scam.
The lawsuit comes after a Nevada-based LLC called Pinnacle Powerful Solutions mass-delivered postcards to homes in Cheyenne advertising a "free steak dinner" at Wyoming's Rib and Chop House for the first 70 people who attended a free consultation about saving money on utility bills.
The card stated salespeople would "show you how you can save up to 40 percent each month on your utility bills. This technology was developed by NASA and is now being introduced to the general public. The savings discovered at this meeting will benefit you ALL year long," according to the lawsuit.
Through information gathered by an investigation, those meetings were set to take place Aug. 19-21.
The lawsuit states that such conduct is associated with a "common" home improvement scam in which salespeople schedule post-meeting, in-home consultations. The salespeople then convince homeowners to buy equipment such as heat barriers, solar fans and insulation, with the promise that their utility bills will decrease by 40 percent.
But "the price of the merchandise is heavily marked up and ultimately has little to no impact on consumers' utility bills," the lawsuit states. And by the time the buyer realizes that the equipment hasn't helped reduce their utility bills, the salesperson has left town.
The Attorney General's Office alleges that the company violated the Consumer Protection Act by misrepresenting that the products it sells will help reduce utility bills; it also misrepresents that it is affiliated with Wyoming's Rib and Chop House and that its merchandise is affiliated with NASA.