I've been reading about people losing a lot of money because they signed up for free trials of Acai Berry. They called to cancel their 'subscription', since the free trial automatically signed you up for a subscription (a fairly hefty fee for your monthly supply of Acai Berry). So people signed up for these free trials figuring what did they have to lose? In some cases they didn't even have to pay shipping on the initial free offer.
But... when they went to call to cancel their subscription they were on hold and on hold and on hold.... and they would try another day and often they would pass the date where they could cancel at no charge and still they would have no way to cancel. Complaints of scams and fraud abounded and it made me take extra care in signing up for any free trial offers. I do three things.
1) Check out how to cancel before signing up. If there is a number to cancel, try calling it and seeing if you can get a live person. Or, better yet, if it's an online offer, then is there a way to cancel online, like this free offer for anti-aging cream (note cancel free trial link at bottom of page) - in fact how easy they make it to cancel their free trial makes me think the product must actually work! (imagine that), so that people continue to buy it.
2) If you are at all uneasy, but you'd still like to try the product, consider getting a prepaid refillable credit card. Here is the one I got - Silver Prepaid MasterCard card . I put $20 into the account from my Paypal account and then I sign up for a trial offer and if I want to continue to purchase the product, then I can add more money and if not, there is a limit to my losses. I also can give it to my teenager for a purchase and again... there is a limit to what I can lose, should he lose the card.
3) My final advice with free trials... which is to prompt your own memory. Even legitimate free trial offers usually have points where they automatically charge you. If you are a bit forgetful, write the date you need to cancel by on your calendar or post it on your fridge (or on the product if you use it daily) to remind you to cancel on time!!!
Free trials can be great. Use these tips and you'll be safe from online free trial scams!