BBB warns about free trial offer scams

Published: Dec. 12, 2018 at 3:25 PM CST
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Each day the Better Business Bureau (BBB) receives complaints from people about fake celebrity endorsements and free trial offers.

Most of the offers cost consumers an average of $200 because the people behind the scams make it hard for someone to stop the free trial.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said complaints about these scams have doubled since 2015.

Even when celebrity legal teams stop one scam, another one is right behind.

"So you see that now there are celebrity endorsements for the keto diet, when in fact maybe Dr. Oz did a story about it, so they're saying he's endorsing their product," Jessie Schmidt with the BBB said.

Anyone who thinks they have been a victim of a free trial offer scam -- the BBB recommends complain to the company directly.

If that does not work, people should contact their credit card company, and also report the fraud to the BBB and the FTC.