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“Free” Trials Can Cost You, Says FTC

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FTC Busts Major “Bogus Billing: Free Trials” Scam based online and thru some of the country’s biggest drug stores.

Ever see “NutraClick” on your credit card charges……were you ripped off? The FTC says so.

NutraClick’s brands, including Force Factor, Peak Life, ProBioSlim, SomnaPure, VolcaNO and Stages of Beauty, are sold on the company’s websites, where the illegal sign-up process was conducted, and in stores such as Walgreens, Walmart, CVS and GNC, according to the FTC. “Their ads offer free samples. But if you signed up for free samples, NutraClick didn’t clearly tell you that you were also enrolling in a monthly membership program for nutritional supplements, costing $30 to $80 per month.”

They’re ordered to change their billing practices and pay a $350,000 settlement. No word of what happens to the “Tens of Millions of Dollars” in unauthorized charges…according to the FTC.

“According to the FTC’s complaint, NutraClick did not clearly disclose that people who ordered sample products would be enrolled in a membership program and be billed from $29.99 to $79.99 every month, depending upon the product, unless they canceled within an 18-day trial period. At least 70,000 people filed complaints about the operation. The company netted tens of millions of dollars from the unauthorized recurring charges, the FTC alleges.”

 

By Al Sunshine, SouthFloridaReporter.com, Consumer Investigator Sept. 23, 2016

Al Sunshine is a South Florida-based Broadcast and Digital Journalist whose career has spanned more than 40 years at the local and national levels. His award-winning investigations have triggered more than a dozen state and local consumer protection laws and his work’s been cited in Congressional Testimony before the U-S House of Representatives. He is best known for his “Shame On You” features for CBS Miami which sought to expose businesses, agencies and individuals defrauding or deceiving consumers, as well as endangering the safety and welfare of the general public. In 2013 Al retired from CBS Miami to set up his own Digital News Business, “Sunshine News, LLC” and Al continues to blog for the Radio, Television, Digital News Association, sponsors of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards”. An avid environmentalist, Al is one of the founding members of the “Miami Pine Rocklands Coalition”. The Florida Non-Profit is fighting to save and restore the last 2% of Pine Rocklands found only in South Florida and nowhere else in the continental United States. Al was recently elected its President.

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