If a company offers you a free trial, you may be getting yourself into a lot of trouble if you sign up.
Hidden strings attached to a deal can get you involved up in hard-to-escape buying plans that charge you for products or services you don’t want.
That happened to many consumers who signed up for “free” online trial offers of golf and cooking products and services, according to a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit.
Sellers that went by names such as Golf Online Academy and Kitchen Advance offered “free” trials really were “negative option” offers. That means you’d have to cancel before the trial period ended – or be automatically enrolled to get regular shipments of items and pay regular charges.