Scam spending spree
Lately, many people from all over the world have been signing up for a ‘free trial’ but have been ending being charged by scammers.
The scammers have been persuading Internet buyers to sign up for a ‘free’ trial of a variety of items, only to find 30-days later they are being charged around £80. Quite an unpleasant shock when they thought the only thing they were paying for was the postage!
Usually, the products are delivered and the buyers are satisfied, however, thirty days later, they are billed. Apparently, the scammers said that their policy was that if the users of the products they purchased were satisfied and did not demand a return, then they would charge them. Then thirty days later it gets worse – another batch of products is dispatched without of course permission, and, yes you guessed it, another £80 demand.
Caroline Acheson, was one of the victims of this scam, ended up paying out a whopping £250 until she realised money was fast disappearing from her bank account. “I fell into a trap and there was nothing I could do about it. That feeling of helplessness was just awful,” she admitted.
In order for the victims to fall for the terrible trap, they are required to fill out their details, not needing to fill out their debit or credit card numbers, the scammers just need your card details and sort code, leaving the victims thinking that they were only paying for the postage. Then, the users were tricked into purchasing the products, not seeing the small print saying that they would be charged weekly and sent a new batch.
Last year, around four out of five people didn’t know that they had signed up to a scam, they didn’t know that they has suffered reoccurring payments of around £80 until they saw their bank accounts were low.
It is very rare for an item to be given away for free; so personal details away should not be disclosed. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Charlie, Year 6