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September 25, 2011 - Mel Toadvine
No upfront price? Then no debit or credit card number from me

From time to time the Lehigh Acres Sheriff's Office issues a scam alert and we are more than glad to post it here on and carry the story in our printed editions. The information contained in those announcements from Sheriff Mike Scott and those who are assigned to be on the look out for scam artists do a good job and if local citizens, especially those who are apt to believe everything they hear on the phone or on a computer screen, would pay heed, it would help to eliminate the scammers who want your money. I believe there is another scam on the Internet, or at least close to one, even though some of these people I am going to talk about, are doing what seems to be legal enough. Let's say you are watching a commercial for some type of medication that doesn't require a prescription to help with things things such as backaches, leg aches, Diabetes and joint pain. You name it. The actors on TV make it look so wonderful that you think you may just want to try it. And about at the exact moment, they come up with a real zinger, they'll double the product if you order now. And they tell you there are only 300 bottles left. You can give them a call or go online. But here is the problem. No time do they tell you the price. I went online the other day, knowing I was not going to buy the product, but just to see if they were still listing the price. They come up with boxes in which they want your name, your credit or debit card number, your phone number, in some cases, and you still don't know what the price is. So you give them that information ... and click to the next page and it asks you for your type of credit or debit card number, and you still don't know the price, but you are asked to click next, and then finally at the end, the price jumps up, plus handing and shipping. The price is usually not worth what you think the product is worth, but they tell you that it is guaranteed, sure I belive that bill of goods, NOT. So if you believe the price is outrageous, you just click delete, without having made the final order in the so-called "basket." Get ready for a load of email trying to get you to buy the product. You have to eventually put the stuff in a scam folder, that is if your email will reject such email. When you go into a store and look at an over the counter medication of sorts, the price is right there in plain view. You know up front what it costs and you know immediately if you want to pay that price for it. If you do, you go through the checkout and you are finished. Not online. It just doesn't work that way. Ever wonder why? It's simple; if they don't tell you the price up front on the TV commercial or online, then it's way too much for the stuff and my advice is to stop there. In fact, I don't even give them my credit or debit card number if they haven't told me the price yet. And try calling them and getting the price of the product. The person who answers the phone, if she can speak English, goes through a scripted sales pitch and then asks for your credit card or debit card number. I asked the woman the price and she said she would get to that. I said I wanted it now before I would give her my debit card number, but she continued on with her sales pitch. Oh, and guess what else you learn? They will use your card to send you the same medication every month by deducting it from your bank account. Don't do it. I said goodbye, adios, and hung up. I won't buy things online, not unless they are from reputable firms with stores I am familiar with and the buyer should be careful when he or she encounters this type of advertising on TV or on the Internet.


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