NEW JERSEY – The Better Business Bureau’s New Jersey Office has updated Extreme Energy Solutions’ file to reflect the state action recently made against the company.
On October 6, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) added the summary order against Samuel K. Burlum (also known as Samuel Burlum and Sam Burlum), the company president and CEO, and Extreme Energy Solutions, issued by the New Jersey Bureau of Securities. The bureau has ordered Burlum and Extreme Energy Solutions (EES) to pay a $1.1 million civil penalty for securities fraud.
The BBB also currently reflects an advertising review on its page, which states that Extreme Energy Solutions has unsubstantiated claims on its website, which it refused to take down. The statement, from April 29, 2011, reads:
“On April 29, 2011, BBB contacted the business regarding unsubstantiated claims on its web site, extremeenergysolutions.net. Specifically, the company claims: * GET SMART Emissions Reducer & Go GREEN with the Same Machine… – Increase Fuel Economy – Lower Emissions – Lessen Vehicle Maintenance * Increase horsepower/response time, because fuel is burned more efficiently. According to the BBB Code of Advertising, claims as to energy savings, performance, safety, efficacy, results, etc. which will be obtained by or realized from a particular product or service should be based on recent and competent scientific, engineering or other objective data. On October 13, 2011 the company stated, “We did provide proof of (“Increase horsepower/response time,) and that is the Roush Test which is the third party test, that was done as a result of the product being used by the third party X-Prize team.” “These statements are general in nature and refer parts to all of our products as a grouping. There is no claim here. The reference to fuel economy and emissions is to our InterCharger SMART product which we did provide third party testing for. Lessen vehicle maintenance refers to our vehicle software which we explained is is primary function is to lessen vehicle maintenance.” The documentation supplied did not satisfy BBB’s inquiry and the company was unwilling to modify its web site, per BBB’s request.”
Extreme Energy Solutions, an Ogdensburg, NJ company, which is listed under the Energy Conversation Products & Services section of the BBB website, is not currently an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau.
Extreme Energy Solutions currently holds a C+ rating, based on the following, extracted directly from the website: “Government action(s) against business,” and “Advertising issue(s) found by BBB.”
A spokesperson from the BBB advised the author of this story that those wishing to file a complaint against Extreme Energy Solutions for the InterCharger or SMART Emissions Reducer (SER) Products that Extreme Energy Solutions sells, can use the online form on: www.bbb.org/complaints. For those who wish to file a complaint with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs about either of these products, a form can be obtained on: www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/ocp/ocpform.htm.
Consumers can also directly file a complaint about the company’s products on the Extreme Energy Solutions Better Business Bureau page. Click here to view. On Extreme Energy Solutions’ page on the site, consumers can also click the link “File a Complaint against Extreme Energy Solutions.,” which leads to this page.
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories on this topic planned from Jennifer Jean Miller and NJInsideScene.com. The author of this story has already been engaged against Burlum through legal channels because of situations that arose in a media business that he enlisted her in. When her legal counsel contacted Burlum in April 2013, he failed to respond. The purpose of this article series is intended to assist and educate others about the fraud she and others have experienced, in hopes that other victims will surface and that consumers will be alert to types of fraud including those of deception – and that those seeking to commit fraud may be deterred.