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PedEgg Gone Bad

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We've all seen those checks come in the mail. You know the ones, usually for a couple of dollars, maybe even as much as ten or twenty. Once you deposit the check your long-distance service gets switched over to some fly-by-night company that's now charging you $20 a month and you don't even make any long-distance phone calls.

At least those are usually easy to spot since there is a letter attached to it that tells you, in marketing language, what you're signing up for by depositing the check.

Since more people are now using their cell phones to make long distance phone calls and land lines are going the way of the dinosaur, it seems they have a new twist on the old scam.

A few months back my wife bought a PedEgg, one of those foot shaver gadgets. There was a rebate involved with the purchase. Well the rebate check came in and it got lost on my desk for a while until I finally found it, about two weeks after it expired, so I just tossed it.

Last week I get another check in the mail, looks just like the first one, so I'm being totally naïve (really, I don't know what the hell I was thinking), and thought they mailed us another rebate check. It's one of those checks that's all folded up and you have to tear three sides off to open it.

I see PegEgg, $8.25, I'm thinking that's what the rebate was for since I really don't know. I start adding it to the deposit slip with some other checks when I decide, let me double-check who this check is from again. That's when I finally notice it. A little box right underneath the dollar amount:


Flip the check over to read the back side and the real danger lurks:

I authorize ID Secure to bill the annual membership fee after my risk-free trial. I agree to a thirty-day trial offer in ID Secure. I understand that the $139.99 annual membership fee will be automatically charged to my credit card on file with PEgEgg unless I cancel my membership by calling 1-866-667-9508 before the end of the trial period. My membership will be automatically renewed and I will also be charged every year thereafter at the then-current fee unless I call to cancel for a refund of the unused portion of the current year's fee. By cashing this check I authorize PedEgg to securely transmit my credit card information to ID Secure for enrollment, billing and benefit processing.

So, by cashing the check, you get a measly $8.25, meanwhile, they're going to starting billing you $140 a year unless you call an 800 number which you're not going to copy so you won't have the number to call anyway.

Totally bad karma on PedEgg and ID Secure.

I can't say anything about the PedEgg product itself, other than I don't see my wife actually using it, but I will say, if you want one, don't buy from their web site. Go get one from Walgreen's or Walmart and don't worry about no stinking rebate.


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