A few months ago, I stopped in at the Finish Line in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and purchased some t-shirts. While paying for the shirts, the person ringing up my purchase asked me if I would be interested in a free trial to Sports Illustrated. I thought about it, and I decided that I would. I figured that when the free trial ran out, I could just cancel it.
My wife noticed over this past weekend that someone had charged $49.99 to my Visa Check card. It was a company called 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.
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 when I was buying the shirts. I only know that I never gave any of my financial information to Time-Warner, nor did I give it to Finish Line for the purpose of signing my up for a free trial subscription to Sports Illustrated.
I provided my Visa Check card to them to buy some 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 and charged my Visa check card $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.
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 wont 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. Perhaps if enough people do that, the credit card companies will finally do something about this scam.