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 May 14, 2005
Free Gas Websites
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Remember, if it sounds too good to be true it is.  When Call For Action first saw offers of "free gas" on the internet we just had to check it out, but what we found was anything but free.


Taking a pounding at the pump?  With gas prices soaring over $2.00 consumers are trying to find ways to save.  Do a search on the internet for free gas and the search engine will pump out dozens of websites.


Jeannette Kopko, Better Business Bureau


ďż˝They're not really set up for giving away free gas.  They're set up for marketing or sales mechanisms.ďż˝


Jeannette Kopko at the Better Business Bureau says these websites are loaded with red flags.  It's next to impossible to figure out which company you're even dealing with.


Jeannette Kopko, Better Business Bureau


�And I think there's a lot ....for one company after the other.�


The websites display the logo's of major fuel suppliers, but take a closer look at the fine print disclaimer and you'll see there is no affiliation with these companies. Once you chose what "free gas" certificate you want, you're asked to submit general information, your name, address, email, but then you're asked to fill out surveys. Information on everything from diplomas to mortgages to credit cards, so where's your free gas?  Well, as you continue filling out form after form, you soon realize, there is a catch.  The sites require you to sign up for a service like AOL or Netflix and those services will cost you most often more than 20 dollars a month. And then the final question before you're "free gasďż˝ they need your credit card number. If you don't know who you are dealing with don't give them any information.


Bottom lineďż˝.don't be fooled by offers of "free gas".  We weren't able to find one website that would just give you a free gift certificate to any gas station.  What is really frustrating, by the time you figure out what these websites are really after, you've already opened yourself to an endless stream of spam.


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