Rip-off website: help against Internet subscription traps
|Date Added: March 12, 2012 01:57:03 PM|
On the Internet it is unfortunately not only reputable suppliers of knowledge sites or services, but also a few black sheep who want to rip off their websites users. Consumers are attracted to websites that pretend an apparent "free services" or other "free offers". This tip is to inform you about the features of Internet rip-off and give you some assistance, what to do if you have fallen into one of those ominous subscription traps.
It is hardly missed a topic that the user will tempt you to leave personal data. The recipes range from bait advertising, product samples, intelligence tests, sending SMS, to route planners - everything is on sale.
Popular is the scam is to fake a profit - from a lottery, a contest, a raffle, etc. - that you will never get of course. You should be motivated only to (or curious) disclose personal information such as your name, address, telephone number or date of birth.
Suffice in most cases; such data have, to make you fall into the subscription trap. Once the data is sent, the rip-off is preparing a bill that has washed him. This can be obtained by mail and wonder into the house, to pay for what you alleged service or how you came to such a subscription. Those who do not promptly pay are quite fast to the house threatening letters that were issued by an alleged lawyer or collection agency. Then the excitement is of course great, because most people do not want any trouble.
It is often pointed out that you dealt with a few clicks on the website and a proper legal agreement, should just be for you now. Often there are actually on these fraudulent sites - mostly in the Terms and Conditions (Terms and Conditions) or somewhere hidden in small print - evidence that the use of a function or information offered is free of charge. But that does not have long, you have to pay for the really advertorials.
Often these Terms, or "contracts" are already invalid because the provider is not clearly refers to it, that his offer is not free. Which has the German courts have long put a stop, because it requires the provider to honor those prices clearly so that they are valid. Who does not do so violates the price regulation, which requires a price clarity and truth.
Where can I find out whether the provider is already known as a rip-off?
Many of these fraudulent companies are already known in the Internet and there are lists out where this provider to be named and where their websites are listed that contain dubious offers.
I've picked out two of the most extensive lists of such rip-off on the Internet. Look for your provider there - maybe he's already recorded on the black list.
• Consumer Federation: costs falling on the Internet
• Consumer Hamburg: Overview of Internet subscription traps
In addition, the consumer center in Hamburg also provides telephone legal advice by telephone on 09001 - 775 441 can reach from Monday through Thursday 10 to 18 clock. However, this advice is NOT free, special costs 1.50 € / min. from landline.
What can I do if I have fallen into a rip-off or subscription trap?
Stay calm and let yourself be intimidated by the sharp sound of the rip-off. Pay the bills, even if you should be set with threatening letters from debt collection lawyer or under pressure. The rip-off to create fear among consumers, because many people believe these threats and to pay, so they return to their rest. In most cases, such contracts are not valid. Any reputable vendor would you concede the right to withdraw from a purchase or a contract, if the product or service you just do not want.
Get information to help you know what you can do or what you should refrain. For this purpose, for example, offers the consumer center in Hamburg, a well-structured FAQ that answers many common questions from consumer’s geneppten.
This information should help you, to refuse to be intimidated and to resist the demands of the scamsters. Just remember - the more people have the courage to fight back and not pay, the less attractive it will be produced for the rip-off, new websites with subscription traps. If the deal with the anxiety no longer works, such "black sheep" disappear, because their business concept does not work anymore. Everyone who participates, and to defy these people, spoil the rip-off business. And as these also cost - have Web sites, domains, paperwork, etc., that will eventually no longer profitable.
So stay firm and do not pay you! These people do not deserve to earn money with their dubious transactions.
Good luck with the boycott of con men!