Consumer Alert: Free trials can cost you

Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission

Free trial offers can grab your attention. They’re easy to sign up for. And they’re, well, free – right? Not exactly. Some free trials can be expensive. Scammers often use “free” trial offers, with undisclosed or buried terms, to enroll you – without your knowledge – in costly membership programs.

At the Federal Trade Commission, we’re actively fighting to take down these scammers. Today, we announced a case against a group of them. But the best first line of defense is you. Please watch this video, know the signs of a free trial scam, and share them with your friends and family.

Free trails can cost you

To learn more about free trial offers, visit If you’ve been wrongly charged for a free trial offer, report it to the FTC.


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