The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on a company accused of using “deceptive” free trial offers to rake in millions of dollars. Authorities say Tarr, Inc., based in San Diego, California, used fake news sites and celebrity endorsements to lure in customers for free trials of anti-aging cream, weight loss pills and other products. Customers thought they were only paying shipping charges for a trial sample, when in reality they were signing up for a costly monthly subscription program.
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (CBS11) – Chances are, you’ve seen the catchy, clickbait headlines. Joanna Gaines, Angelina Jolie, Christie Brinkley and others — each starting their own line of anti-aging products. The articles are designed to get you to click on links for free trials of beauty cream. But thousands of customers say they didn’t know they were also being enrolled in costly monthly subscriptions.
DALLAS (CBS11) – Hannah Hightshoe’s was curious and nervous. Her trip down memory lane through her old phone soon turned embarrassing. The last time she held this phone, she was only 14 years old. “It is interesting how far I have come,” she told CBS11’s Cristin Severance. She does not own the phone now, but her I-Phone 4 is one of 32 phones we bought from shopgoodwill.com. She doesn’t remember how it got to Goodwill. Her old phone is filled with memes from Disney and Dr. Who.
We've heard from hundreds of upset customers after they signed up for a "free trial". TONIGHT--the FTC takes action against a network of marketers accused of deceptive ads. @CBSDFWhttps://t.co/NcfksdhOoZ
Thank you for saying that my friend. Today's action is against the network of marketers pushing fake news sites that link to diet pills/beauty cream. Joins us at 6pm for all the details. @CBSDFWhttps://t.co/um0Tzfkt06
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".