“1 Little Trick” Ads Are Credit Card Scam

I’m sure you have seen the “1 Little/Simple/Weird old Trick” ads on the edges of websites; in fact, they may be the ad that “ate the Internet.”

As it happens, the Washington Post is reporting that these ads (and others like them) are doing nothing but taking advantage of people’s gullibility when it comes to ads on the Internet.

These ads have the cute (or gross, depending on the ad) animation that attracts your attention, then it promises a free sample of a miracle cure-all. After you have clicked on the ad, you go to a website that looks like a consumer reporting site that boasts endorsements, sometimes from celebrities like Oprah and Rachael Ray, often will have an article from someone claiming to be a skeptical consumer reporter who then goes on to pitch the product.

Once you have read all of this, you are shown how to order your “free sample.” What you arent told is what that free sample will cost.
Usually, the tiny fine print will tell you that the sample will cost $79.99 for Shipping and Handling, and every month you are billed another $79.99 until you call and cancel.
But, the article goes on to say, just try to cancel over the phone. After multiple hang-ups, you may just succeed.

So, the conclusion is, dont click on any ad that promises something that sounds too good to be true, because it probably is.

The article is here.