Better Business Bureau warns of "free trial" scam

LAREDO,Texas(KGNS)- Before signing up for a free trial or product you may want to think about the possibility of it being a scam.

The Better Business Bureau is alerting the public of products or services that advertise as being "free," but actually end up costing you real money.

Whether it's a weight loss product or anti-aging cream, companies that create these scams use these avenues to trap you into purchasing more products or will use your credit card information to continue charging you after the "free" trial ends.

Better Business Bureau Regional Director Jason Meza has a few tips to keep in mind to avoid falling victim to this scam.

He says it's important to ensure that you're on the actual website, sponsored ads on social media promising that product could be a scam. Second, it's important to read the fine print to avoid falling for false advertisement.

The BBB also suggests researching the company's services online to see what other people are saying, mark your calendars so you know when the trial will end, and keeping an eye on your credit or debit card statements to ensure you're not being charged for something you didn't order.