|Received:||9/21/2009 12:14:56 PM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
|Rule:||16 CFR Part 425: "Rule Concerning the Use of Prenotification Negative Option Plans"|
Comments:My husband was a victim of a "prenotification" scam by a company selling teeth whitening products over the Web under a variety of names. The company offered a free trial of its products, but the small and well-disguised print hooked him into paying for an ongoing supply and for a "membership" to a worthless wellness website. Our credit card was charged $89.97 before the products -- cheap and useless -- ever arrived, which was days after the initial cancellation period had expired. It was impossible to get any help from the company itself. We had to cancel the credit card to prevent further charges. Companies such as "Vibrant Whitening" use the current prenotification rules to perpetrate technically legal scams. Please expand the Rule to help rein in these predatory practices. Thank you.