Is there really such thing as a risk-free trial? Probably not

PHOENIX - There is no such thing as a “risk-free” trial. The second you give up your credit card number, there is a risk it will be charged. For the past couple of weeks, people from all over Arizona have let me know it was not a risk worth taking.

Helene of Tempe wanted to try some skin cream using a risk-free trial. She says it was supposed to cost $9 but ended up costing her hundreds after her credit was charged six different times.

She says it got so bad she had to close the account. And while she did get some money back, she is still waiting for a refund of more than $300.

It’s a similar story we’ve recently heard from the Valley to Northern Arizona - people respond to an ad on Facebook or in magazine and get charged hundreds for what should have been a minimal shipping and handling charge.

My advice? Just don’t.

But since I know some of you will anyway, you need to protect yourself.

  • Look at reviews for the company you want to buy from. They will likely tell you all you need to know.
  • Read all the rules. How long do you have to cancel before they charge you?
  • Use a credit card - not a debit card. You’ll get better protections for when you have to dispute the charge.

Remember just because it’s on Facebook or in a magazine does not make it legitimate. Anybody can set up a website and sell anything so check it out first.

And ladies, you are beautiful just the way you are. 

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