Better Business Bureau urges reading fine print when signing up for free trials

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(KMVT/KSVT) - Some of those free trials that can be signed up for over the internet may seem appealing, however the Better Business Bureau warns consumers to be wary.

According to the BBB and the Federal Trade Commission, they've found consumers have lost about $1.3 billion to free trials in the past 10 years.

Sometimes, there will be advertisements online for products for a free sample, or a good price. However, if it's too good to be true, it probably is.

While it looks like some celebrities may endorse a product, chances are that's not actually true.

"A lot of times, they aren't putting their names on those things," said Jeremy Johnson, with the BBB. "Their name's being used illegally. If you read down, down, down in the fine print, that that is put in the fine print that they did not endorse it but it just appears that they did."

She recommends always reading the fine print, especially for free trials. Advertisers may say shoppers can get the first product for free, but will have to continue to pay for the product over the next year or so.

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