One hundred dollars in free gas. That offer in bold letters went to thousands of Omaha residents. But collecting on the promise might not be so easy.
A one hundred dollar gas voucher for listening to a sales pitch. Allergy Relief center contracted with Valpak to spread the news. Scott Farkas owner of Valpak says, " We mail to 190-thousand homes."
But Allergy Relief Center is gone, the office vacant. The company owes a 26-hundred dollar advertising bill to Valpak .Scott Farkas says, "If they're not paying us I’m worried they are not fulfilling their obligation to the consumer." That’s the free gas promise.
When it comes to collecting on this 100 dollar gas voucher some homeowners who sat through the sales pitch by allergy relief center say they're not holding their breath. One of them talked to Fact Finders by phone.
The Allergy Relief Center customer says, "I heard nothing. I haven't had an email or any contact since June."
The gas voucher is distributed through a Florida company called International Rebates which has a D minus Better Business Bureau rating.
Jim Hegarty, President of the Omaha BBB says, "People reporting delays in getting their rebates or not getting them at all."
A former employees say he bought the client list of allergy relief center, with other former employees working for a new company though the sales procedures appear similar.
I’m Mike McKnight Channel Six and I’m looking for someone with Allergy Relief Center. A worker says, "Allergy relief center is no longer in business."
Fact Finders went to the new company with a hidden camera to ask about customers collecting the 100 gas voucher.
An employee of the new company says, " You should receive it if you do it correctly."
But that doesn't help Valpak collect the advertising bill left by allergy relief center and 26 hundred dollars is nothing to sneeze at
.Mimi Rogers Farkas of Valpak says, "It’s already mailed out and they got response from it and they should pay."
The rebate representative hasn't returned calls and the owner of Allergy Relief center couldn't be reached for comment. Former employees say they're not responsible for his debts. However Fact Finders found the gas offer still being used.