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Jason Steele over at Ask Mr Credit Card has posted a very interesting article about Budget Rent A Car and how they are giving your credit card number out to companies with shady business practices – without any form of your consent.
Jason says that he received a letter in the mail recently that included a check for $8.25.
Luckily Jason decided to read the fine print – “By cashing or depositing this check you are purchasing membership in Just for Me.” It turns out that Just For Me is a membership club that is affiliated with Budget Rent a Car. I receive junk mail like this every once and awhile but have never even bothered to look at where it comes from (it just goes right into the trash).
Anyway – The interesting thing about the check is that on the back it states:
I understand that the $13.99 monthly fee will be automatically charged to the credit card I have on file with Budget unless I cancel my membership by calling 1-877-658-9097 before the end off the trial period. I understand that after my first year I will be charged $14.99 a month for the next twelve months an d I will also be charged every month thereafter at the then current monthly fee, unless I call to cancel and owe nothing further.
As Jason points out this is a textbook case of a negative option scam, being implemented under the umbrella of Budget Rent A Car.
I’ve never rented from Budget in the past, but after reading this I’m sure as hell not renting from them in the future.
You can read the full article over at Ask Mr Credit Card.