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Gym Membership Add-Ons

How the scam works:

(with video below) January is the month when thousands of people in your city start going to the gym, after setting up the world's most common new year's resolution: losing weight and being healthy. Just like an unfortunate school of fish heading exactly where the bait is, a lot of people are unaware of the little dirty tricks gyms use to get your money - most of the time without you even knowing. How does the scam work?

Watch the video below to see a few variations of the Gym Membership Scam exposed:

Gym Membership Scams Video

People get lured into signing gym memberships after seeing a great advertised price.

This is followed in most cases by a big surprise when the credit card statement comes in the mail. Several gyms charge unnecessary add-ons as well the monthly payment.

When you go and fight the charge with the management of the gym they tell you that the extra fees are for the “fitness improvement center”, “maintenance and upkeep”, “insurance”, and other payments. While you challenge this, saying you should have known about it beforehand, you will be shown the fine print, where the extra charges are mentioned (of course, they never talked about them when you signed the contract and gave your credit card number).

 

How to avoid the Gym Membership Add-Ons scam:

Every time you want to join a gym, read the fine print and ask in advance about upcoming fees. If they mention “fitness improvement centre”, ask exactly what they will do and when. But above all, never, ever sign a contract without reading the fine print. If it makes them impatient, just tell them that you always read the fine print before signing and they will just need to wait.

 

How to report the Gym Membership Add-Ons scam:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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