I wrote a long while ago about how the Motley Fool (not I do not link to them) once tricked me into 2 months free on one of their thousands of newsletters. When I signed up I foolishly (pardon the pun) gave them my credit card number, and when the 2 months was over, I sent an e-mail saying, “Yeh, nice stuff, but please cancel“.
Evidently the e-mail didn’t get processed and my next credit card bill hard a charge of almost $200 US on it (what financial info is worth that much, aside from winning lottery numbers?), and I had to fight to get the charge reversed.
From that day forward I swore I would never sign up for any more “free” things if they asked for a credit card, but sure enough lots of folks keep trying to get my credit card info.
Yesterday I got a message from LinkedIn, which seems to be trying to be the Facebook of Job Finding, and they offered me a free month of their premium service. I pressed the button to see where it might lead, and sure enough the second page was asking for billing information, since they assumed I would love this service and want it to continue.
Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me!
Coincidentally, I am announcing a new premium service for subscribers to my newsletter who send me money, where I will promise to swear more and make much nastier commentaries about various financial firms (void where prohibited by law, and not ever going to happen, so keep your money).
Anyone out there with similar stories of flim-flammery or shenanigans ?