Chamber warns ... don't accept CertifiChecks
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.