Stimulus Programs, Stimulating Charges

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I wanted to share this comment with you, left by a reader of the blog. The comment is in relation to a set of websites promising thousands of dollars in Government grants. The message left reads as follows:

"My husband and I did this and found this morning that we were charged 79.95 on our card. They told me that it was a monthly fee and I told them to cancel it because it was not mentioned in the email that I replied to. The man on the phone did cancel my subscription but also mentioned that it was a loan, I told him that I was not stupid and that grants are not loans. I asked to speak with his supervisor but the supervisor never came on he just came back on saying that he spoke with his supervisor and was authorized to give the refund."

Ouch. These sites seem to be based on a site we'd already covered, the "Obama Stimulus Program" website that did much the same thing. Although the overall aim for these sites was this:

"What they want you to do is send them $2.95 shipping & handling, for which they'll send you some "information" on how to obtain said Government loans."

...I said you should always check the terms and conditions for such sites:

"Furthermore, any free trials that may or may not be offered with this product are only free during the said allotted time of the free trial period as outlined within the product sales page, confirmation of order page, and confirmation email. If you have not cancelled the free bonus within the 7 day trial period (if offered on product purchasing), you are agreeing to purchase the bonus material and/or service at a monthly reoccurring cost. The resource center is billed at $58.61 monthly."

I did wonder at the time if these charges were applicable - it seems they well might have been. Hopefully the above message will serve as a warning to avoid these sites...

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