Comments:Wikinews investigates: Advertisements disguised as news articles trick unknowing users out of money, credit card information
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|Comments from feedback form - "this is stupid. every one shou..."||0||20:29, 21 May 2010|
|Comments from feedback form - "I'm sorry but the first paragr..."||0||05:57, 20 May 2010|
|Comments from feedback form - "Very Informative and an intere..."||0||18:52, 19 May 2010|
|Comments from feedback form - "The one thing most people do w..."||1||16:21, 19 May 2010|
I'm sorry but the first paragraph of your article makes the title of the article false. What you are quite clearly saying is that someone clicks on an AD and then are taken to a webpage that has a "news like" article about the product. Give me a break. Anyone fooled by this is a moron to begin with. These types of companies have been doing this since the dawn of mass media. There is no disguise, just stupid people who want to gripe about getting duped so easily.
The one thing most people do when ordering things online is their one downfall, they use the credit card once on a website without really reading the terms and conditions that the website provides. The best option I find for buying stuff online is to go and buy a prepaid credit card in the amount slightly over what you are planning to purchase and use this prepaid credit card, then once your trial period ends and the company tries to incur a large cost, you only lose a small amount of money as opposed to large amounts if you use your actual credit card.
Most people probably don't want to go to the expense and extra paperwork of getting a prepaid card.
Unfortunately, they expect the website to follow the fair trading practices of their own country, and clearly display prices at the point of purchase, not buried in a 'terms and conditions' document. They also expect their credit card company to back them up when the seller tries to impose confusing or hidden conditions. Some card companies will, others won't.