By Shiryn Ghermezian, EnStarz | Aug 17, 2012 11:59 AM EDT
The venture group that operates the online penny action website, Zeekler.com and ZeekRewards.com, closed its headquarters on Aug. 16 for the rest of the week for unknown reasons, according to The-Dispatch.com.
Known to most as Zeek, the company has its main office at 803 W. Center St. in Lexington, but shut its doors at around 4 p.m. on Thursday, according to the report. Both Zeek sites were offline by 9 p.m.
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The following day, Zeekler.com and its accompanying site displayed the message, "Zeek Rewards is currently unavailable. More information will be available shortly on this website."
According to Fox 8, the company was receiving heat by the North Carolina Attorney General Roy A. Cooper's office "due to dozens of complaints and inquiries filed since February of this year."
ZeekRewardsNews.com stated that more than 200,000 affiliates make use of Zeek Rewards and it auction services. They also noted that an event scheduled for Aug. 22, "Red Carpet Wednesday," has been cancelled.
A source told The-Dispatch that Zeek headquarters closed so that the company can focus on answering pressuring inquiries by the Attorney General's office that administerd a subpoena on the company, suspecting that an individual or the organization may have information in connection with an ongoing investigation.
Viewers first became suspicious of problems within Zeek when the company posted on their news site on Aug. 13 that any training, recruiting or leadership calls for the company will be called off for the next few days.
A user on the site change.org posted a petition this week calling for Attorney General Cooper to "keep Zeek open for business." The disclaimer for the document stated that "ZeekRewards.com and Zeekler.com has helped and maybe saved lives financially. Zeek is a truly great penny auction and program."
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