You have probably seen this guy’s ad on television and in print:
As with many things like this, the catch is in the fine print. They send you 3 CDs and you get to choose 2 of them for “free”, and you pay like $7 or $10 in shipping. It costs pennies to duplicate a CD, so that’s a nice little profit. That’s not where the problem is.
If you look at the company’s home page, on the left side you will see that if you decide to keep all 3 CDs, they will “conveniently bill your credit card for $389.95”.
Hopefully you noticed that little explanation on the home page of the site, because if you click through to learn more about the product, or to actually order, you won’t see it again (at least not that I could find).
And sometimes they continue to bill you even beyond the original outrageous charge. Here’s a comment from someone who got tricked into their scam:
By misrepresenting repeatedly in their ads that they make the bait offers because they believe you will be so pleased you will buy more (voluntarily), Video Professor cons victims out of digging down deep into the “How can we Do this great promotion?” link.
After my wife bought what was misrepresented as a $6.95 disk, on another offer site that they knew didn’t provide even that warning,they cleaned out the account, containing only Social Security and SSI disability payments, repeatedly, including creating a series of overdrafts and bouncing our utility bill payments, costing us a full month’s income.
It took me a year just to get their several debits refunded, not our substantial consequential damages from these thefts. The FTC and Texas and Colorado consumer protection authorities and their advertisers were no help and continue to aid and abet this theft.
The way the law is now, you can rip off any number of people for more than $300.00 with no risk of being called to account in any way that would deter such thefts. This bunch of crooks should be prosecuted criminally, shut down, and banned.
One thing I found interesting is that originally the “convenient” charge was $289.95. Now that they are being exposed as the Video Professor Scam, it’s gone to $389.95. Not quite sure what to make of that – maybe their legal bills are mounting. More detailed article on this scam can be seen at TechCrunch.
I have done a lot of personal computer instruction, and I can tell you that the best way to learn is not by reading a book or watching a CD. If you are local to the Tampa Bay area, I can meet with you in person and help you learn whatever you want to know about. Outside of this area, we are on the phone and both looking at your computer screen (via remote access).
And I promise, no surprise charges to your credit card.
This week’s video: I found this very interesting. If you were an eyewitness to something important, how accurate would your testimony be? Are you observant? Most people aren’t.