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Watch out for freebies with a catch

Posted at 6:27 PM, Feb 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-22 19:27:20-05

Are you looking for free stuff without a catch? Well, before you click or fall for an offer that seems too good to be true, you may want to check a few things out.

Here are a few things that you can do to avoid taken:

  • Check out the offer with reputable sources and use caution before clicking on links. Some of these links may redirect you to unfamiliar or unreputable sites, or they could contain malware that can ruin your devices.
  • Watch out for offers that ask you to pay a fee to get something for free. This could be a sign that something is not right.
  • Think twice about how much personal information you are willing to share. Some sites will only ask for an address for the purpose of shipping products or coupons. Others may ask your date of birth, information about others living with you, buying preferences, or other sensitive information.
  • Pay attention to the fine print, especially privacy policies and terms and conditions. These small details can alert you to a catch. In some cases, your information may be shared with several marketing companies, leading to lots of advertisements in your mailbox.
  • Be especially careful about signing up for free trial offers, especially if they ask for debit or credit card information. These could be hard to cancel later.
  • There are several websites that advertise free offers. But, sometimes it may be best to contact a business or manufacturer directly. Most appreciate hearing from you, and will gladly send free coupons or samples.

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