Beware of the E-Cig Email Scam

by on 12/14/2010 in Scams & Hoaxes, Security, Unethical

This scam is all in the fine print if you have the patience to read it in its entirety. The email claims to be a “No-Risk Trial” which is false as they will charge your credit card a substantial amount of money after the trial period ends with no option of canceling before the trial ends.. The link in the email redirects to a web site that has low reliability and a poor rating by the WOT (Web of Trust) community. If you read the fine print at the bottom you will see why this is an absolute scam.

Prado E-Cig Scam

Fine Print

Offer Terms: By clicking confirm my order, you agree to be enrolled in the 14 day trial offer and pay $9.95 shipping. After the trial expires you agree that your card will be charged $149.90 for the starter kit and months’ supply of cartridges. Your refill cartridges will recur at $59.95 for 20 cartridges plus $9.95 for shipping and handling every month from the day you signed up for the trial until you cancel. A restocking fee may apply on returns. Please call 1.877.647.3735 for customer service. This charge will appear as electriccig-8776473735 on your statement.

The trial will cost you $9.95 for shipping plus $149.90. No matter what, you are locked into paying $159.85 and if you don’t cancel you will get charged each month.

Redirects: http://publishers.clickbooth.com/ez/asstvrpvvstr/&dp=3939619&l=0&p=0 to http://www.safesecuretrial.com/offer/blkyllwds/.

Example Email

E-Cig No-Risk Trial.

No Tar, No Tobacco, No Smell

http://25844772.unifieddigitalsolutions.com/c.php?aid=157&lid=26441

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4 Responses to “Beware of the E-Cig Email Scam”

  1. Jonathan R. Koerth, Esq.

    Dec 14th, 2010

    ATTENTION: PURCHASERS OF PRADO OR OTHER E-CIGARETTE “TRIAL OFFER” PRODUCTS–We are a law firm with attorneys admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New York, District of Columbia, Georgia and West Virginia. We have also appeared in matters in California, Florida, Texas, Illinois, Ohio and elsewhere. We are interested in hearing about potential wrongfully charged credit cards or debit cards arising from the purchase of “trial offer” e-cigarette products which were supposed to be mailed to the buyer for $0.00 plus $9.95 or $14.95 for “shipping and handling”. We understand from this board and other sources that purchasers of the $0.00 “trial offer” were subsequently charged $149.90 and then $69.90 every month for e-cigarette cartridges they did not believe they had ever requested. We may be able to represent you in a lawsuit against the responsible parties. There would be no fee to you unless there is a recovery. Please contact me at the email address indicated to discuss your potential claim. jonathan@steelcitylawyers.com

  2. BOB

    Jan 9th, 2011

    THANK YOU!
    I want to try these E-smokes, I thought to check on the 800 number first.
    Thank you, I’m gonna try them, somewhere else for sure!

  3. Gail

    Jan 11th, 2011

    I order the e-cig from Prado, put all my credit card information on then I went to read the disclaimer and when I went back to take my info off it had already sent…then I started reading some of these scams about the company so I called my bank and told them about it, they canceled my debit card and told me to call the company which I did, i told some lady that couldn’t hardly speak english that I wanted to cancel the order, she claimed it was already sent out and it couldn’t be canceled, I asked her how could it have been sent it hasn’t even cleared my bank yet, she ignored my response and said that i should recieve it in 3 days, again I told her I didn’t want it and that I would just put return to sender, she said no ma’am you need a IME # I said well why don’t you just go ahead and give it to me and she said she couldn’t do it…and she hung up on me….SCAM, so when you go to read the disclaimer, and go back to take your credit card info off it sends it anyway….so don’t put any info on there till you read all the small fine print. The bank has canceled my card and is sending me a knew one and were disputing the charges they have on fraudulantly charged my account. Now I will turn them in to the bbb. I ordered this late Monday nite around 11 pm and called them at 9 the next morning….the lady was real defensive when I was talking to her….So hopefully by cancelling my debit card I won’t have any more problems,,,,

    • Frank Jovine

      Jan 11th, 2011

      Gail,

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience. It’s unfortunate that these companies exist online and aren’t caught sooner. I hope you were able to get this resolved quickly with no out of pocket costs.