Beware of “Free Trials”


“Free trial offers” scams are widespread and have affected thousands of Iowans. They have been bilked out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to the Iowa Attorney General’s office. These scams can involve products such as magazine subscription sales, counterfeit checks sent by mail, and “free trials” to buying clubs.

Offers come by phone, in mailings or over the Internet. Here’s what to do:
  • Make it clear to the solicitor that you are declining the offer.
    • Examine credit card charges every statement, and also checking accounts, mortgage statements, and phone bills.
    • Watch your mail for cancellation notices.
    • Don’t cash checks that may have fine print that, if cashed, will sign you up for a club or program with a monthly fee.