TOPEKA — Three Kansas auto dealerships have been fined for violating the Kansas Consumer Protection Act by using prize-notification mailings that did not comply with state law, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Monday.

Lewis Auto Plaza Inc., Topeka; Lewis Automotive Group Inc., Hays; and Womack Sunshine Ford Inc., Concordia, each were fined for violating the prize notification statute. The three consent judgments were approved by judges in their respective district courts this month. The defendants also permanently were enjoined from future violations of the law and ordered to pay the attorney general’s investigation costs.

Schmidt accused the three defendants of mailing to consumers “prize notification” flyers that did not comply with Kansas law. The prize notifications failed to disclose to consumers the value of the prize and the odds of winning in immediate proximity to the prize listing in the manner required by law.

More tips on staying safe from mail order scams are available on the attorney general’s consumer protection website at www.InYourCornerKansas.org. Copies of the consumer-protection judgments are available at www.InYourCornerKansas.org/judgments.