You think you’re only paying a few bucks for shipping, but when you check your bank account, you see that you’ve been charged hundreds of dollars more.
Free trial scams are usually conducted online, often through social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram. They’re for products you’ll see advertised on your feed: things like wrinkle creams, keto supplements, CBD oil, teeth whiteners, weight loss products, etc. These ads can look like they have celebrity endorsements.
How do Free Trial Scams Work?
The company advertising the free trial or product will often:
When it seems too good to be true, it is!
If you’re seeing something on your social media that sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
A new scam making the rounds involves free trial offers of CBD oil.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a popular product right now. It makes sense scammers would leverage that fact to swindle you.
You find a company online offering free samples. All you have to do is pay for shipping and handling. That’s how scammers get you because you have to enter payment information. Scammers will use that information to sign you up for product subscriptions that can be difficult, if not impossible, to cancel.
So, what can you do? Research the companies before you pay for anything. Make sure there is a real way to cancel purchases. Read the terms and conditions so you understand when the free trial ends. If you are getting scammed, contact your credit card company.
These fake companies may even lure you in with fake celebrity endorsements.