I’ll admit it – I was almost taken in by one of the newer scams floating around right now. No, not the extended car warranty, as tempting as that was. This latest one is a little more subtle, and involves what appears to be free money. Basically the scam is that anyone who’s ordered any one of a number of products from TV (PedEgg, Snuggie, or Aqua Globes) will receive a check in the mail for $8.25. It looks legit unless you look at one small line on the front and the disclaimer on the back. In the front, under the amount, it says:
By cashing or depositing this check you are purchasing a membership in Great Fun.
Huh? What’s that? Well on the back it says:
I authorize Great Fun to charge the annual membership fee after my free trial. I agree to a thirty-day trial offer in Great Fun. I understand that the $149.99 annual membership fee will be charged to my credit card on file with Aqua Globes unless I cancel my membership by calling 1-866-709-4170 before the end of the trial period. My membership will be automatically renewed and I will also be charged every year thereafter at the then-current fee unless I call to cancel for a refund of the unused portion of the current year’s fee. By cashing this check I authorize Aqua Globes to securely transfer my credit card information to Great Fun for enrollment, billing and benefit processing.
Holy crap, that’s some big balls right there. So why did I almost fall for this? Well, I did actually order a set of Aqua Globes many months ago but never received them. I figured this was some sort of refund for that, although it did seem a bit low. In any case, at least I didn’t order a Snuggie, as I think I’d have to just get a lobotomy at that point.
Anyway, my point here is that if you get one of these don’t do anything with it. Or maybe call that toll-free number and screw with whoever answers. Oh and don’t by Aqua Globes. I finally got one from a store and they suck. The tube gets clogged with dirt and the water just sits in the glass. Piece of junk.
A scan of the check I received is after the cut for those interested:
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