Some sites offer miracle slimming systems with guaranteed results in only 3 weeks or subscriptions to newspapers or other online services. Often these sites also boast about being the cheapest on the internet and seem to receive only positive comments. But if you are not careful, you risk receiving nothing at all, even though your account has been debited.
These sites can imitate official sites to mislead the users and to encourage them to take out a fake subscription. To know for certain, always check the address of the site and its owner. Also, read the general conditions carefully before placing the order, particularly when the site in question is not the official supplier. If there aren't any, this is probably an indication that it is a scam.
You must also be careful of sites offering miracle solutions “by subscription”, because often an attractive marketing shop window hides nothing but people with malicious intentions who want your money and will probably send you nothing at all.
Another trap: subscriptions which debit a monthly amount from your account. This is often the case for online services (downloading service, online dating, etc.). You are offered the use of the service for one month at a price that defies all competition. However, if you read the conditions, this offer is valid only if you register (and pay) for a much longer period (six months, for example). The amount will therefore be automatically debited each month.
- When you take out a subscription on the internet, read the general conditions very carefully, in particular the conditions of sale. If there aren't any, don't subscribe.
- Before subscribing, ask the opinion of a person you trust who knows about such things.
- If you take out a repeating subscription without wanting one, you can block the debit, under certain conditions, with your bank or the credit card provider.