A few months ago, I stopped in at the Finish Line in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and bought a couple of t-shirts. While I was paying, the person running the register asked if I would be interested in a free trial to Sports Illustrated. I thought about it and decided that I would. I figured that when the free trial ran out, I could just cancel it.
My wife noticed this past weekend that $49.99 had been charged to my Visa Check card by TWX Sports. I had never heard of them before. I did a quick Google search and I learned that it is none other than Time-Warner.
Time-Warner publishes Sports Illustrated. My free trial wasn’t so free after all.
I never received a statement from them, nor did I know how long my “free” trial subscription to Sports Illustrated lasted. The best that I can figure is that they got hold of my Visa Check card information from Finish Line. I never gave any of my financial information to Time-Warner, nor did I give it to Finish Line for the purpose of signing up for a free trial subscription to Sports Illustrated.
I provided my Visa Check card to them to buy some t-shirts.
Not only did Finish Line sign me up for Sports Illustrated, it turns out that they also signed me up for Sports Illustrated for Kids. For that, I was charged $24.99. At no time did I even want a trial subscription to this magazine. I don’t have any kids.
I don’t even like kids.
This calls for a chargeback
I called my bank and I’m disputing both charges. I’m feeling optimistic things will work out in my favor. No matter what happens, I will not be agreeing to any more “free” subscriptions.
UPDATE: All the charges were reversed by my bank. I recommend that anyone scammed by Finish Line into paying for a “free” magazine subscription report the incident to their bank or their credit card company and start a chargeback. Maybe if enough people do that, the credit card companies will finally do something about this scam.