BBB Warns To Be Wary Of 'Free Offers'

The North Central Texas Better Business Bureau said area consumers received a postcard in the mail that claim, "You are eligible to claim a reward valued at $100.00." They are then given a toll free number and a claim number to get the details on how to claim the reward.

After calling the number consumers are ask to sign up for a free trial offer online at, the 'free trial' offer requires $9.95 to be paid toward a membership with this company and the consumer then has seven days to cancel the membership.

Some companies that offer 'free trails' make it tough to cancel, hiding the terms and conditions of their offers in small type, using pre-checked sign-up boxes as the default setting online, and putting conditions on returns and cancellations that are so strict it could be next to impossible to stop the deliveries and the billing.

The 'free trial' might come with a small shipping and handling fee. You think you're only paying a couple of dollars, but you're really giving over your credit card information, resulting in much higher charges after the trial.

Other "free" offers enroll you in clubs or subscriptions.

This particular mailing comes out of Chicago, IL and the promotion company that mailed the postcard is out of Clearwater, Fl. The supplement company offering the 'free trial' is in Utah.

Be careful when responding to offers in which you have won a reward, but have to give out credit card information or pay money in order to receive it.