The complaints were filed with the
Most of the complaints -- 15 -- were filed against auto dealerships. Eleven complaints were filed against tourism businesses, including hotels, car rental agencies and travel agencies.
Seven construction companies also were on the list, as well as seven electronics and department stores.
"We also detected cases of businesses using exchange rates set by other banks, which is absolutely illegal," said Érick Ulate, president of the consumers association.
Association members monitored the companies' advertising in print and online media, Ulate said.
The exchange rate usage law went into effect last September, and Ulate said his group believes the [six-month] interim period is sufficient for businesses to comply with the regulation.
"There is no justification for [businesses] to keep breaching the law," he said.
Some business owners have been trying to cash in on sustained increases in the exchange rate this year. In the last five weeks, the dollar sale price has increased by almost
Ulate said posts can be made in Spanish or English, and the group can help expats and tourists with advice on how to interact with the
Consumers also can file complaints directly with the
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