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For a company called Shoppers Discount. They act in the following way:

You make a legitimate purchase from a legitimate company. You are then asked if you want to save £15 on your next purchase. When you say yes, Shoppers Discount grabs your details (including, we think, credit card details on a passthrough from the legitimate company). You agree to the t&c, which you probably didn't read, which make it clear that you'll be charged £10/month after the first 30 days. They do email you, repeatedly, but you're probably filtering out their emails. You don't realise it's not the original company until after you've signed up.

Legitimate companies include Pizza Hut, The Trainline, and Interflora.

The good news in all of this is that *I* didn't get caught out, it was [livejournal.com profile] malwen, and I *did* check my card assiduously enough to spot it on the very first month. So I feel nice and smug now. And they quickly and efficiently refund your money when you complain (they are clearly making plenty on the people who never notice), so we haven't lost even £10.

But honestly. How is this legal?

Date: 2010-05-05 02:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] andrewducker
Thanks for this - I've checked mine and I'm safe, but I'll pass it on to a few people if that's ok.

Date: 2010-05-05 04:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bohemiancoast.livejournal.com
Encouraged, even.

Date: 2010-05-05 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daveon.livejournal.com
There's a class action suit in the US about this. I got caught out booking some parking at an airport last year. All the major web sites are doing it. I've heard that the kick backs are worth tens of millions a year from people who get caught out.

Now I've cancelled them, I've been getting sent cheques for $10 which have a rider on the cheque which states that cashing it automatically indicates that you've agreed to re-enter the system...

Date: 2010-05-07 01:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luckylove.livejournal.com
There's more info here (http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=819869) including the names of more companies involved including AllPosters, Easyjet and Vistaprint if the comments are to be believed. There's 41 pages of comments dating from 2008 to the day before yesterday.

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