Saugeen Shores Police Service

press release

Saugeen Shores Police Service

Press Release

11 January 2010

Negative option billing is a business practice where goods or services are provided automatically, and the customer must either pay for the service or specifically decline it in advance of billing.

The Canadian Government outlawed this practice in 1999 and the Ontario Government did in 2005. But this does not protect consumers from owing for goods or services that they have agreed to receive.

The internet has taken away borders but different laws exist in different countries. If you buy something over the internet read the small print. You are entering a contract and your introductory gift or sample you receive may result in you getting monthly orders if you do not specifically cancel. Sometimes it is very difficult to cancel and you are responsible for the product you agreed to buy.  

There are many different examples but this can include CDís, vitamins, weight loss remedies, books etc. The key is to read the fine print.

The latest example of this reported to this police service is for ACAI Berry weight loss product. Read the internet and see the experiences other people have had and make an informed decision.

Dan Rivett

Chief of Police


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