BBB Says: "Anything With 'Gas' And 'Deal' Should Set Off Alarm Bells"

The BBB says the consumers should be wary of advertisements claiming to offer cheap gas for visiting a website. Paying $2.49 a gallon just for “clicking” sounds too good to be true– and it probably is.

The Arizona Daily Star explains:

But there is a catch to the radio gas deal — isn’t there always? — as visitors to the site are required to provide a load of personal information.

This is followed by a seemingly endless barrage of surveys until finally visitors get the “opportunity” to apply for high-interest credit cards or to purchase book and coffee club memberships or entertainment books.
Essentially, if a person buys one of these products he or she is eligible for a gas card that will cover the difference between the actual cost of gas and $2.49 a gallon for 15 gallons. So, with gas prices hovering at $3.80 a gallon, a person would in theory get a gas card for $20.

So is it a scam?

“We are not saying that is a scam, but we would urge consumers to use extreme caution,” a BBB spokesperson said.

Here’s a link to the company’s BBB report.

She also went on to say consumers should be wary of any combination of the words “deal” and “gas.” Good advice.

Gas-card ‘deal’ on radio may be no deal at all [Daily Star]

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