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    Fight Back against "Free Trial" Scams!!

    The BEST way to fight this scam is to be PROACTIVE!! Here is the scenario:

    If you have a PayPal account (or any other type of account like PayPal) look for their product/service called a "SINGLE USE SECURE CREDIT CARD" (you may have to download and install the PayPal plug-in for your browser).

    If they have one (as PayPal does) when ordering the free trial USE THIS SECURE SINGLE USE CREDIT CARD!!! It will not be attached or be identified to your bank/charge card accounts and will prevent unauthorized charges to your account!!! * (see below) Don't forget to save your receipt for the transaction.... Read More

    You will be able to obtain the free trial, and not have to cancel the account as the Credit Card will be dead *. (see below) Or in my case, fail to cancel the subscription BEFORE the 19 day trial period for a 30 day trial of the product! * (see below) Which is how they "get you", assuming that they will bill you for the next round of product(s) BEFORE you see the credit card/bank statement!!!

    * NOTICE: PayPal SECURE SINGLE USE CREDIT CARDS can be processed by a merchant more than one time!!! I found this out the hard way.

    It seems that a "single use" card can be "hit" up to FOUR times by the same merchant for things like multiple ship orders, or SUBSCRIPTIONS!!!

    Since the free trial is considered a subscription, the merchant was able to "hit" the card again 19 days after the first charge of 99 cents (for the free trial offer).

    THE WAY AROUND THIS is to log on to your PayPal account and CLOSE the SECURE SINGLE USE CREDIT CARD as soon as it has been charged the first time for the 99 cents!!! (On PayPal, just click on the menu item on the right side of the page that says "PayPal Plugin", then there will be new menus on the left side that will enable you to view secure cards and close any open ones) Since the card was a "single use" card, you have done nothing illegal or wrong by closing this card. You have not violated any terms of agreements or any other convoluted "fine print" that the scammer has made you agree to in the free trial offer.

    I assume other companies may have similar types of secure credit cards, just check out if they can be processed more than once by a merchant.Then see how to close them as soon as the first charge for the free trial comes in.

    Good Luck, and if we do this right, we can put these scammers out of business, because they won't be able to exist selling their product for 99 cents and wasting time trying to collect from a dead credit cards.

    Pass this info around, the more who know how to defeat these opportunistic bastards, the better!!!

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    Re: Fight Back against "Free Trial" Scams!!

    OOPS! Thread should have been called RESVERATROL.... my bad! I guess this whole thing has me too upset to type correctly...

  3. #3
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    Re: Fight Back against "Free Trial" Scams!!

    This is a great post! Although I am usually good at canceling within 80% to 99% of the trial period (the "safe zone", so to speak), this creates a block that can't be circumvented. I don't do offers much anymore, but the rare occasions I do I will remember to use this trick!
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    Re: REFUNDS FOR "Free Trial" Scams!!

    All of the bogus product aliases listed below are "Free Trial" SCAMS run by the same organization.

    You can learn about how enormous this monumental scam truly is, how they steal your money, and what you can do at:

    http://www.KillPhishing.com/Scam1.htm

    Pass the link to everyone you know-- spare your friends and relatives the expense, time and aggrevation of having this mafia organization steal their money and then deal with the stress of trying to get it back.

    Write to me with your story at [email protected] if you were scammed by any of these creeps below, or other similar creeps, so we can be sure to contact you when we have collected enough evidence to move forward with a class-action lawsuit.

    This, amazingly, is only a partial list:

    1. ACAI 3000
    2. ACAI AWAY
    3. ACAIBURN/ ACAI BURN
    4. ACAI BERRY BREEZE
    5. ACAI BERRY DETOX
    6. ACAI BERRY EDGE
    7. ACAI BERRY ELITE
    8. ACAI BERRY EXTRA
    9. ACAI BERRY MAX
    10. ACAI BERRY SELECT
    11. ACAI BERRY SELECT CUT
    12. ACAI BERRY SLIM
    13. ACAI BERRY SUPREME
    14. ACAI SUPER BLEND
    15. ACAI BERRY TROPIC
    16. ACAI BERRY XTRA
    17. ACAI BURN SUPPLEMENT
    18. ACAI BREEZE
    19. ACAI CERTIFIED
    20. ACAI DETOX
    21. ACAI DETOX EXTREME
    22. ACAI DETOX XTREME
    23. ACAI ELITE
    24. ACAI FIRE
    25. ACAI FIT DIETARY SUPPLEMENT
    26. ACAI FIT CLEANSING FORMULA
    27. ACAI FORCE MAX
    28. ACAI FORCE MAXX
    29. ACAI MAX
    30. ACAI NUTRA BURST
    31. ACAI NUTRABURST
    32. ACAI PRO DETOX
    33. ACAI PURE
    34. ACAI PURE DETOX
    35. ACAI SLIM
    36. ACAI ULTRA BURN
    37. ACAI VAS DIET CHEWS
    38. ACAI WITH GREEN TEA EXTRACT
    39. ACAI WRINKLE REDUCER
    40. ADVANCE BRIGHT
    41. ADVANCED ACAI WEIGHT LOSS SYSTEM
    42. ADVANCED CLEANSE
    43. ADVANCED WELLNESS RESEARCH
    44. ALTA WHITE TEETH WHITENING
    45. AXIS WELLNESS
    46. BELLA BRITE
    47. BEVERLY HILLS SMILE
    48. BIG TIME MUSCLE FORMULA
    49. BRIDAL BEAUTY WHITE
    50. BRITE SMILE TO GO
    51. BRITE TEETH PRO
    52. BRITE WHITE
    53. BRIGHT TEETH WHITENING SYSTEM
    54. BROMA CLEANSE
    55. BROMALITE
    56. CARALLUMA ACTIVES
    57. CCN
    58. CELEB LIPS
    59. CELEBRITY LIPS
    60. CELEBRITY SMILE
    61. CELEBRITY SEXY TEETH WHITENING
    62. CELEBRITY WHITE TEETH
    63. CELL PRO 7
    64. CENTRAL COAST NUTRA
    65. CERTIFIED ACAI
    66. CHIA SUPREME
    67. CHOLESTA PRO
    68. CLEANSE GOLD
    69. CLEANSE PRO X
    70. CLEAN WHITES
    71. CLOUD NINE COLON DETOX
    72. COSMETYN
    73. COLNX
    74. COLO CLEANSE
    75. COLO CLEANSE PLUS
    76. COLO DETOX XR
    77. COLO PURE/COLOPURE
    78. COLO THIN COLON CLEANSE
    79. COLO TOX
    80. COLONMED700
    81. COLON CLEANSE 3000
    82. COLON CLEANSE EXTREME
    83. COLON CLEANSE PRO
    84. COLON CLEANSE XTRA
    85. COLON DETOX
    86. COLON REVITALIZE
    87. COLON XR
    88. COLON ZEN
    89. COMPREHENSIVE WEIGHT LOSS EBOOK
    90. COSMETYN INTENSE ANTI CELLULITE THERAPY
    91. COSMETYN INTENSE STRETCH MARK THERAPY
    92. COST KING / COSTKINGS
    93. DENTAWHITE
    94. DERMAPLEX-12
    95. DERMAPLEX-MD ACNE TREATMENT SYSTEM
    96. DERMAPLEX-MD EYE REPAIR SERUM
    97. DERMAPLEX-MD INSTANT LIFTING SERUM
    98. DAZZLE WHITE
    99. DAZZLE WHITE PRO
    100. DAZZLE WHITE MAX
    101. DAZZLE SMILE
    102. DAZZLE SMILE SUPREME
    103. DAZZLE SMILE USA
    104. DENTA WHITE
    105. DENTECH WHITENING
    106. DUAL ACTION CLEANSE
    107. EASY BRITE TEETH
    108. EASY GOOGLE PROFIT CLUB
    109. EASY WHITE
    110. EASY WHITENING TIPS
    111. ELITE ACAI BLAST
    112. EXACT ACAI BERRY
    113. EXACT ACAI WITH GREEN TEA
    114. EZBRIGHT
    115. EZ BRIGHT PRO
    116. EZ BRITE TEETH
    117. FORCE MAX
    118. FXSUPPLEMENTS.COM
    119. GENIX LABS
    120. GLEAMING WHITE SMILE
    121. GOJI ADVANCE WEIGHT LOSS FORMULA
    122. GOJI COLON CLEANSE
    123. GOOGLE BIZ KIT
    124. GOOGLE CASH SUCCESS KIT
    125. GOOGLE MONEY KIT
    126. GOOGLE PAYOUT SYSTEM
    127. GOOGLE PROFITS
    128. GOOGLE PROFIT LIBRARY
    129. GOOGLE START UP KIT
    130. GREEN TEA DESIRE
    131. GREEN TEA EXTREME
    132. HOLLYWOOD SEXY SMILE
    133. HOLLYWOOD SMILE
    134. HOODIA
    135. HOODIA CORE
    136. HOODIA GORDONII PLUS
    137. HOODIA STAR
    138. HOODIA STAR PM
    139. HOODIAXPLUS
    140. HOODIA WATER
    141. HYDRAXANTHIN
    142. ID SENTINEL ALERT
    143. IDOL WHITE
    144. INSIDER SECRETS TO WELLNESS
    145. INSIDER SECRETS TIPS
    146. INTERNET RICHES GURU
    147. IVORY BRITES
    148. IVORY SMILES
    149. IVORY WHITE
    150. I WIN WHITENING
    151. JOHN CENA WORKOUT
    152. JUN PURE CLEANSE
    153. KARDASHIAN SMILE
    154. LIFE CLEANSE
    155. LIPO SOM
    156. LIQUIBOOST
    157. LIVE CLEAN FOR LIFE PERSONALIZED WEIGHT LOSS PLAN
    158. LUMINOUS BRITES
    159. LUMINOUS TEETH
    160. MAKE MONEY WITH EBAY
    161. MAKEOVER BEAUTY SECRETS
    162. MAQUI BERRY BURN
    163. MAX ACAI BOOST
    164. MAX ACAI WEIGHTLOSS
    165. MAXIMUM ACAI POWER
    166. MAXIMUM WEIGHT LOSS WITH ACAI
    167. MAXIMUM RESV
    168. MEDI COLON CLEANSE
    169. MILLIONREVIEWS.COM
    170. MOVIE STAR LOOK
    171. MOVIE STAR TEETH WHITENING
    172. MUSCLE MIGHT
    173. MY AVELA
    174. MY DIET PARTNER
    175. MY DITE PARTNER
    176. MY FITNESS HUB/ MYFITNESSHUB
    177. N.O. BOOST EXTREME
    178. NITRIC OXIDE BOOST
    179. NATRABRITE
    180. NATRACLEAN
    181. NATURAL SOURCE STORE
    182. NATURE COLON CLEANSE
    183. NATURE COLON DETOX
    184. NETALAB
    185. NETWORK AGENDA
    186. NUTRABRITE
    187. NUTRIFLEX
    188. ONLINE WEALTH CONNECTION
    189. THE ORIGINAL ACAI DIET
    190. ORTHO WHITE
    191. PERFECTLY WHITE
    192. PLIATROL
    193. POMEGRANATE WEIGHT LOSS
    194. POM CLEAR POMEGRANATE CLEANSE
    195. POWER COLON CLEANSE
    196. POWER FLUSH 500 / POWERFLUSH500
    197. PREMIERE WHITE
    198. PREMIERE WHITENING
    199. PREMIUM ACAI SLIM
    200. PRO TEETH
    201. PROBIOTIC CLEANSE
    202. PROFIT CENTER LEARNING
    203. PURE ACAI BERRY
    204. PURE ACAI BERRY BURN
    205. PURE CLEANSE COLON CLEANSE
    206. PURE CLEANSE PRO
    207. PURE COLON RINSE
    208. PURE LIFT CREAM
    209. PURE LIFT ULTRA
    210. PURE REZV PRO
    211. PURELY WHITE
    212. PURELY WHITES
    213. PURITY 12
    214. REBATE MILLIONAIRE
    215. REM BRIGHT
    216. RESV
    217. RESV PRO
    218. RESVA-LIFE
    219. RESVER XP
    220. RESVIE
    221. RESVERATROL MIRACLE
    222. RESVERATROL ULTRA
    223. RESVERATROL XR
    224. REZ CHEWS
    225. REZ MELTS
    226. REZV BOOST
    227. REZV CLEAR
    228. REZV LIFELINE
    229. REZV POMEGRANATE
    230. REZV PRO
    231. REZV PURE
    232. REZ PURE
    233. REZXTRA
    234. SFL NUTRITION
    235. S E SPEEDMASTER ENTERPRISES
    236. SEXY CELEB LIPS
    237. SEXY CELEBRITY LIPS
    238. SHIMMERING WHITE TEETH WHITENER
    239. SLIM ACAI
    240. SLIM LIFE DIET
    241. SMART SMOKER E-CIGARETTE
    242. SMART WHITE
    243. SMILEBRITE WHITE TEETH
    244. SNOW WHITE CREAM
    245. SOUTH BEACH ACAI
    246. SOUTH BEACH BRITE
    247. SOUTH BEACH SMILE
    248. SOUTH BEACH SPARKLE
    249. TAN THIN
    250. TEETH WHITE
    251. TEETH WHITENING
    252. TEETH WHITENING NOW
    253. TEETH WHITENING TIPS
    254. TITAN BLACK, LLC
    255. TREEBLER.COM SUBSCRIPTION
    256. TOTAL CLEANSE
    257. ULTIMA HOODIA
    258. ULTIMATE ANTI PARASITE SUPPORT
    259. ULTIMATE COLON CLEANSE
    260. ULTRA CLEASNE
    261. ULTRA CLEANSE PLUS
    262. UNITED BENEFIT ADVANTAGE
    263. UNITED BENEFIT SERVICES
    264. VIBRANT WHITE
    265. VIBRANT WHITENING
    266. VINOTOL
    267. VITAL ACAI
    268. VITAL REZV
    269. VIV3LAB
    270. WEALTH CONNECTION
    271. WEIGHT LOSS SECRETS PRO
    272. WHITE SMILES
    273. WHITENBRITES
    274. WHITENING BRITES
    275. WHITENING NOW
    276. WHITENING NOW FREE TRIAL
    277. WU-YI SOURCE TEA
    278. YOUTH KIT
    279. YOUTH RESV
    280. ZAAZOOM WHITE TEETH
    281. ZOOM WHITENING
    Are you stunned yet? Read the report. It grows every week. Tell me if you know of others that should be added to this list, or other websites that should be added to the investigation report at www.killphishing.com/Scam1.htm .

    Remember, FREE TRIALS never ask for a credit card number!

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    Re: Fight Back against "Free Trial" Scams!!

    Hi, I did take the steps you suggested using the paypal single use credit card for the ez bright trial offer, I was suckered into two different offers. It was an ad on facebook or myspace, and it said for best results use these 2 free trials. One was EZ Bright and one had another name, but when I received them, they were identical and from the same company. Anyway, because i canceled the single use card after the shipping was billed, they could not charge me any further, but they did however send the 2 accounts to a collection agency. they want $160 some odd dollars in total for the 2 accounts, and i never got anything more than the free trial so how can they even justify this? My question is, what steps to I take from here, are the paypal single use cards associated with my social security number? I mean, can this afect my credit rating? Thank you for your time.

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    Re: Fight Back against "Free Trial" Scams!!

    Joshua

    I'm no lawyer so maybe it's a sound advice to ask one about the legal situation here, but as far as I see it you have good chances to get away in case of a law suit.

    Those are officially SCAM OFFERS as the consumer is mislead in the advertising, where a FREE TRIAL OFFER is advertised, and not any subscriptions.

    OK, the terms are on the site, below somewhere and hard to find. And there it is written, in the fine prints, that you have to cancel before the 15 day trial is over - but why not clearly state it at the top where the sale is made?

    The FTC is now after those scam offers as you are not the only one which got financial damage (well, thanks to that trick you didn't).

    I guess you do nothing, only get legal advice to be sure that you can't get into troubles. Report this maybe to the BBB and the FTC, one more who complains is one complain more.

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    Re: Fight Back against "Free Trial" Scams!!

    Um. Personally, I would back up a step, and ask myself... if it's REALLY intended to be a free trial, why would I enter my credit card number/PayPal info in the first place?

    In any case, if you have the time and energy to play the game, do make sure you read the T&Cs for EACH product so you can see if it's rigged. (Some of the tooth whiteners I've seen state that you cannot return opened product, or that returns are only accepted with a special form. Makes it hard to actually try the product, no?)

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    Re: Fight Back against "Free Trial" Scams!!

    I am brand new here.
    I have been scammed by South Beach Smile. Maybe by Dazzle Smile too.

    I was so foolish and put it on my debit card and not my credit card.

    I am 73 years old and am so afraid of what might happen.

    What can I do?

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  10. #9

    Re: Fight Back against "Free Trial" Scams!!

    I was scammed by ACAI Force Max!
    It all started when I saw their flashy ad, I read the information on their site and got interested, then I entered my details including country of residence, and the next page was showing delivery charge which was $2.99 with a voucher I found online, it went down to $1.99 so I thought I would sign up for that trial for 2 dollars and entered my Debit Card details. The next thing I saw was that on the next page it says I was charged $11.90 which is ridiculous. I then read T&C and found out that they add $8 for deliveries outside US, but I chose United Kingom when i entered my details and yet the next page showed postage price as $1.99... I then contacted a live-agent online and asked if it was possible to cancel the order since I don't want to pay that delivery charge and the order was placed only few minutes before. Yet I was told that she cannot cancel my order, but she can cancel further shipment which I agreed on. She gave me a cancellation number and when I asked her how to return the product, she gave me a number to call. I rang them up when I got the package saying that I want to send it back to avoid being charged the membership fee (which I've read about on their website) and I was sent instructions on my mail which I followed. I send those pills back via tracked mail to their UK warehouse and included a letter as well specifically saying that I'm returning the product to avoid being charged the membership fee and told them the story with the delivery charge as well. I didn't even open the pills, I send them back straight away. And it seems that all that was for nothing as a week later (today) I was charged 55 pounds by them!!! I'm gonna ring them up tomorrow and if they don't sort it out, I will go to my bank.

  11. #10
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    Re: Fight Back against "Free Trial" Scams!!

    20minutesmiles.com/premiere whitening

    You notice they can't even keep their name straight which
    oughta tell you something.
    Anyways, long story short, I ordered a trial size tooth
    whitening product with the understanding that all I'd have
    to pay is the $1.95 for shipping and handling.
    The confirmaton email said nothing about the $99.77
    charge that showed up on my checking account later on.
    I tried to dispute it but the troglodyte that I spoke to on the
    phone said they don't escalate those calls or give
    refunds.
    On top of that they haven't even sent me the %&*%!!
    product and I've called several times since the 13th. of
    last month. And I swear the operators at their call center
    are a bunch of rude, malcontented, inarticulate half
    educated dolts that showed up their for the first day of
    work thinking they were going there to get food stamps.
    They say they shipped the product but hey I can tell you I
    piloted the Space Shuttle yesterday. Doesn't mean it
    happened.
    Sure you can blame me for not reading the fine print but
    do a Google search on 20minutesmiles.com or Premiere
    Whitening and I guarantee you'll see they've not only
    ripped off people here in America but Australia and Great
    Britain as well.

  12. #11

    Re: Fight Back against "Free Trial" Scams!!

    FTC, Visa, and BBB Partner to Educate Consumers About Free Trial Offers and Online Scams

    The Federal Trade Commission has joined an effort to alert consumers to online deceptive marketing connected to free trial offers that require individuals to cancel or opt-out of a recurring charge for future products or services.

    The Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, David C. Vladeck, appeared at a press conference with officials from Visa and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) today to caution consumers about the free trial feature, known as a “negative option.” In a negative option feature, a company takes a consumer’s failure to cancel a free trial offer as permission to begin charging for the service. While many merchants use this billing process appropriately, others pre-check consent boxes, bury the details of the offers in the fine print, terms and conditions, and make cancellations or returns difficult, catching consumers in a cycle of recurring charges for products and services they do not want.

    Full article at: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2009/12/visa.shtm


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    Re: Fight Back against "Free Trial" Scams!!

    not all free trials are scams

    trafficgeyser

    senuke

    just two of the programs I am a happy paid customer from where i got a 7 day free trial first

    if they don't take your credit card details people will just abuse it

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    Re: Fight Back against "Free Trial" Scams!!

    The best way to usually protect yourself from "free trial" scams is to read the terms and conditions of the offer BEFORE you order :freak3:

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    Re: Fight Back against "Free Trial" Scams!!

    Really valuable post. An excellent addition to the forum. I have been wanting to know a way to fight back to this for quite some time now!

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    Re: Fight Back against "Free Trial" wholesaledeals

    many sites that offer the free trial when they have your bank card details they will just take the money from your bank card - no matter if you want to stop the payment.

  17. #16

    Re: Fight Back against "Free Trial" Scams!!

    Anonymous, Ohio
    Mar 14 '10 I fell for this also - please report the companies to their respective incorporated states BBB's and Attorney Generals - this has to be a Federal crime as it is interstate business and a fraud - I did business with CelebWhiteTeeth.com and the customer service folks told me they were incorporated in Florida - appears they're also in California, and also have several different names of the product and company - the inc in Florida was Avayo Media, LLC found on the BBB's site by searching Celebrity White Teeth as their AKA - once you complain have some fun and call their offices in Florida - 786-230-3738 and leave a comlaint also...my CC company was kind enough to refund the money but I also had to close the account - Good luck folks -

    Last edited by Gretschman; 03-16-2010 at 09:00 AM.

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