BBB Warns of DTV Converter Box Scam

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

The Better Business Bureau is alerting people to what it calls a misleading advertising campaign related to the switch to digital television.

The BBB says an Ohio-based company called Universal TechTronics is running ads promising free television channels, services and digital converter boxes. The BBB says it's actually a bait and switch tactic.

The BBB says TechTronics offers "five-year warranties" for $59 that must be purchased with their "free" digital TV converter boxes. With shipping and handling fees rolled in, the BBB says the cost comes out to nearly $100. The BBB says they're the same boxes being sold in retail stores that people can buy using their $40 government coupons and end up paying about $20 per box.

In addition, the BBB says Universal TechTronics' ads use the term "Miracle ClearView TV," which the BBB says disguises the product and further deceives consumers.

You can find more information about the switch to digital television and ways you can get your converter box coupon at www.dtv2009.gov. You can also scroll down the left side of our home page and look under "web features."


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