Since the beginning of the year, the Hawaii Better Business bureau says it's received more than 2,600 inquiries from consumers who attended a seminar.
"They say that you can get a free plane ticket, free cruise, free hotel stay if you come and listen to a presentation. The catch is or scheme is you have to purchase a very large package," Hawaii Better Business bureau, Timothy Caminos said.
Caminos says they tell consumers the package usually costs between nine and ten thousand dollars.
"Generally during the presentation they're very pushy trying to pressure you into buying the item they're selling right there and then. The item that they're giving away or the gimmick is really not usable. A lot of people sometimes they purchase the product and really have remorse or buyer's remorse about that a few days later and they realize they spent $10,000 dollars because they were caught up in the moment," Caminos said.
And once you've paid, it's hard to get your money back.
"It depends on how they paid so there are other factors that come into play here depending on what was transpired. If a consumer decides to attend one of these presentations they should know that they shouldn't make any decisions right there they should take their time do their homework and research," Caminos said.
About 40 students got sick and 25 of them, along with two adults, were taken to the hospital. Officials are now taking a look at what they ate for lunch.
It may be the season of giving, but unlike years past, the giving spirit is in short supply this year. The Salvation Army says donations at its Red Kettles are down by nearly one-third and it's not alone.
An 18-year-old man was arrested in connection with the death of an elderly man in Chinatown.