Chamber warns ... don't accept CertifiChecks

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce members are being warned not to accept any CertifiChecks as they will not be accepted at banks.

Without warning, the company has ceased all operations and has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, according to a press release from the L-S Chamber of Commerce.

"Effective immediately, Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce members should not accept any CertifiChecks as they will not be accepted by any banks," Chamber Executive Director Cheryl Hamilton explained in the press release.

CertifiChecks, Inc., ceased operations without any notice and failed to provide any advanced warning of this action, she added.

The L-S Chamber is trying to learn more and as additional information becomes available it will be shared.

The actions by CertifiChecks has not only affected the Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce but hundreds of participating chambers across the nation.

The company -- which was used by more than 500 chambers and more than 60,000 businesses in the states -- announced that it is filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Dayton, Ohio.

The company's announcement stated, "Due to an extremely difficult economic environment, CertifiChecks will no longer administer gift certificate programs. CertifiChecks gift certificate sales have been halted."

Do not deposit CertifiChecks gift certificates in the bank as they will be returned. Merchants are asked to please remove all door and register decals, Hamilton advised.

"If you have any unredeemed certificates, please contact the chamber office immediately," she added.

The chamber can be reached at 847-4846.

The L-S Chamber of Commerce had offered the CertifiChecks program since December 2005.

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    Well, that sucks.

    I guess this might put a bad taste in people's mouths if they do another "gift certificate" thing like this again.

    So much for "buying local"

    -- Posted by per moenia urbis on Wed, Mar 11, 2009, at 9:21 AM
    Response by Greene County Daily World:
    The Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce was doing exactly what it is supposed to do by using this program ... supporting local businesses.

    It's not the Chamber's fault that the business filed for Chapter 7.

    So saying "So much for buying local" doesn't fit here.

  • If the Chamber is warning people about them, then why are they still selling them on their website?

    -- Posted by The Raven on Wed, Mar 11, 2009, at 10:39 AM
  • -- Posted by dorindaJ on Wed, Mar 11, 2009, at 10:51 AM
  • The Ohio States Attorney has filed a lawsuit against this company for failing to honor its certificates and misleading the public.

    If you have unredeemed CertifiCheck gift certificates other than contacting the Linton Chamber of Commerce you may also want to contact the following:

    CertifiCheck Inc.

    Attention: Redemption Department

    435 Shoup Mill Rd.

    Dayton, Ohio 45414.


    Richard Cordray, Attorney General of Ohio:

    State Office Tower

    30 E. Broad Street

    17th Floor

    Columbus, OH 43215-3428

    (614) 466-4320

    -- Posted by dorindaJ on Wed, Mar 11, 2009, at 12:12 PM
  • dorindaJ, OK then, "promoting" instead of "selling" them. In any event, they have now taken it off their website, so all is good and right in the world.

    -- Posted by The Raven on Wed, Mar 11, 2009, at 3:00 PM
  • Although the gift certificates are no longer good, I strongly encourage everyone to continue to "buy local". Big Box retailers in Linton are great and do give back to the community, and I realize many people are economically forced to shop there, but the mom and pop shops scattered all around Greene County are the backbone and spirit of everything America stands for. Spend the extra buck, keep them in business!

    -- Posted by RDK on Wed, Mar 11, 2009, at 3:14 PM
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