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Scam gets customers to pay shipping for nothing

Staff WriterMay 14, 2019

For years now, scammers have been tricking consumers out of their money using “free trial” scams. Recently, consumers have been reporting a new twist on this scam at BBB.org/ScamTracker, one that involves offering consumers a variety of products at no charge.

How the scam works

You are scrolling through your social media feed when you see an ad with a great offer. A company is doing a limited time sale in which clothing, pet toys, or another product is available free of charge. All you have to do is pay the shipping costs. In some cases, the company offers one free product and in others they say you can fill your shopping cart with as many products as you like and still only pay shipping.

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