The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.Don't you just hate it when you sign up for some web site's offer for a 10-day free trial" or a "30-day free trial" or something similar, and then they charge your credit card – without warning – on the 11th day or the 31st day? To be sure, this is totally legal, assuming the sign-up process included information about the terms and conditions that stated your credit card would automatically be charged when the free trial was over. Of course, you ALWAYS read all the legal boilerplate that is published in a small font, right?
After all, you clicked on I AGREE or some similar words to indicate that you read and understood the terms and conditions. If you skipped the terms and conditions. or only did a "speed read," or if you simply forgot that the end of the free trial was approaching, you have no one to blame other than yourself.
I went through something similar with the SiriusXM satellite radio service in my automobile. I signed up for an annual subscription but forgot that it automatically renews. Guess what I found on my credit card bill this month? Yes, a rather large charge from SiriusXM. Of course, hundreds, perhaps thousands, of other companies do the same. That includes several online genealogy database services.
To be sure, I was told in advance that the subscription would automatically renew. I cannot fault SiriusXM or any of the other companies that do the same. They did everything legally. The fault is mine: I forgot.
Luckily, there is an easy solution for those of us who do forget.
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