MasterCard Protection Against Unwanted Product Subscriptions



Have you ever started a free trial and forgot to cancel it before the billing period kicked in? For physical products, our friends at MasterCard will now protect against this. A new policy requires merchants to get your authorization before charging for subscriptions.

Want to try it? Sign up for a free trial and provide your MasterCard card number for your payment information. When that free trial comes to an end, the merchant will send you a text or email notification that you will have to pay to continue the subscription. The message will include the subscription cost, payment date and merchant name presented clearly so you know exactly who you are dealing with. It will also include instructions on how to cancel in case you decide you’re better off without it.

Just remember, this won’t help with digital subscriptions.

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