Action Line Consumer Alert: Fraudulent rebate checks

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A rebate check like this one is being sent to Hawaii consumers around Oahu.

“It appears to be an offer to receive upwards of $6,000 which is a lot of money for the average consumer,” Hawaii Better Business Bureau President/CEO Gregory Dunn said.

The Hawaii Better Business Bureau advises consumers not to cash the check.

“Many consumers have been confused and have attempted to cash the checks and they’re lending institutions have been told that it’s not a legal check,” Dunn said.

Dunn says the check is being sent to consumers in an attempt to get consumers to set-up an appointment for a salesperson to come to your home.

“This is a modification of a deceptive advertising mailing that we’ve seen previously before it was a travel company and now they’ve changed the name on the check from the travel company to a federal credit union,” Dunn said.

Dunn says if the consumer calls the company and says they’re not interested in the energy rebate, they’ll be asked to purchase other products.

The Hawaii BBB says the company sending these fraudulent checks is not a reputable one.

“If a consumer does get on the phone with someone like this and they feel uncomfortable about it first thing they should do is just hang up the phone,” Dunn said.

The Hawaii BBB says consumers who may have received the check in the mail should shred it and get rid of it, do not respond to it.

“We encourage people to go the better business bureau website and do a lot of research before you decide to engage in any contractor or any company to do work for you,” Dunn said.

For more information, check out our website.

You can also email your consumer concerns to or call weekdays from 11a.m.-1 p.m.

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