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Beware www.thetrainline.com and www.shopperdiscounts.com

andymwh1972 Avatar
6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
Just thought I would share this just in case anyone else falls foul. My wife was looking through her bank statements and noticed £10 per month being taken from her card from shopperdiscounts.com. She has never heard of the company and contacted them asking why they were taking £10 from her account every month. She received this reply:

"Thank you for contacting Shopper Discounts & Rewards.
Our records show that either yourself or someone in your household completed an online transaction with The Trainline. After your transaction, you were offered the opportunity to join the Shopper Discounts & Rewards programme with a £15 cash back voucher and a 30 day free trial. Immediately next to the offer, the Offer and Billing Details were displayed. By entering your name, address and credit or debit card details and then clicking on the 'yes' button to accept the offer, you authorised us to charge the monthly membership fee of £10 to the credit card or debit card that was provided, after your free trial period ended.
Shopper Discounts & Rewards is an online savings and discount programme that enables you to earn cash back rebates of up to 20% at over 700 online retailers. In addition, members can benefit from shopping guarantees and protections.
If you are satisfied you don't need to do anything, your benefits will automatically continue and you will be charged the monthly membership fee. If you do not wish to remain in the programme, simply call our free phone number 0800 731 9935 to cancel your membership, Monday-Friday 8am-8pm and Saturday 9am-4pm."

Basically, read the small print and tick the right box when using http://www.thetrainline.com or they will pass your card details on to a 3rd party who will take money out of your bank account.
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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1 Like #1
thanks for the heads-up! :thumbsup:
Hope you manange to get it sorted!
#2
Did she put her details in for the voucher then?
#3
see above /\/\/\/\

There's loads of sites have this 'Claim your £10/£15 voucher.'
[mod]#5
Can I just stop you there...

You actually have to go to A LOT more effort than just tick a box. You have to manually enter all of your information and then accept the terms.

It is not as if they have cloned your details from The Trainline without your permission.
#6
Thanks for the replies. Apparently when she paid for the tickets she was offered a free voucher, not reading the associated small print, she clicked the claim free shopping voucher at the same time as submitting her ticket payment. I know she should have read the small print, but this is more of a word of warning to others than us looking for the sympathy vote.
[mod]#7
andymwh1972
Thanks for the replies. Apparently when she paid for the tickets she was offered a free voucher, not reading the associated small print, she clicked the claim free shopping voucher at the same time as submitting her ticket payment. I know she should have read the small print, but this is more of a word of warning to others than us looking for the sympathy vote.


I appreciate that it looks very appealing.
#8
tbh i dont think ive ever found cheaper tickets via the trainline anyway.......always cheaper direct with the railway line
#9
andymwh1972
Thanks for the replies. Apparently when she paid for the tickets she was offered a free voucher, not reading the associated small print, she clicked the claim free shopping voucher at the same time as submitting her ticket payment. I know she should have read the small print, but this is more of a word of warning to others than us looking for the sympathy vote.


I thought it was mentioned in the details, rather than in the small print?
#10
i have been passed onto one of these before and nearly signed up to it. they make it sound really good then it mentions the £10 a month lol that was my stopping point. it isnt in a small print it just goes on and on and sounds good then mentions the cost at the end. sorry but your wife must not of read it properley.
#11
magicjay1986
Can I just stop you there...

You actually have to go to A LOT more effort than just tick a box. You have to manually enter all of your information and then accept the terms.

It is not as if they have cloned your details from The Trainline without your permission.


correct!i nearly did it my self i entered all the details and then just as i was about to tick the box for the terms and conditions i noticed the £10 a month charge lol.
#12
unfortuntatley your ewife didnt read clearly enough.
it does normally say quite explicitly about costs involved.
i believe its the same on nationalexpress after you buy tickets
hope you get it sorted
#13
My point is that the deal is not clear. If it was clear we would have understood why the money was being taken out and we would have heard of the company . II googled shopperdiscounts and found lots of other similar stories. It also eems like a lot of companies use shopperdiscounts too. This is merely a warning to others to check the small print as I wouldnt want others to make the same mistake as my mrs and many others (see links below).
The guardian quotes :
"When Financial Mail went through a Thetrainline transaction, it said: 'Your booking is complete. Click here to claim your £10 cash back incentive on your next thetrainline.com booking!' This was followed by a continue button and the instructions: 'By clicking above, you can claim your reward from our preferred partner when you join their programme. Terms and conditions apply.' Credit card and personal details then had to be entered."

Read more: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/bargains-and-rip-offs/article.html?in_article_id=488664&in_page_id=5#ixzz0fiKCDTDv
http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/bargains-and-rip-offs/article.html?in_article_id=488664&in_page_id=5
http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/investigations/2008/07/we-save-money-for-shopper-disc.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2010/feb/13/shopper-discounts-and-rewards
I do know that she should have read the small print and appreciate all the comments positive and negative. But as I said It wasn't clear enough and lots of People are in the same boat and I dont want anyone make the same mistake as her. This is a warning ,not a sympathy vote. If it saves someone a tenner then I will be happy.
#14
casparwhite
tbh i dont think ive ever found cheaper tickets via the trainline anyway.......always cheaper direct with the railway line


I agree wholeheartedly:thumbsup:
#15
As far as I remember it's in the big print. Do you have a screen shot of the page where you enter your details, or could someone post one?

If not I'll have a look in a couple of hours when I get home.
#16
But many others didn't. Im glad that you havent fallen foul and from this thread I hope people will be extra careful when looking and if anyone does check their bank account and notices £10 per month being taken out by this company , they know why.
Congratulations on checking and not signing up and well done.
http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=819869&page=3
Lol this is the last time I will be posting on this forum. You try to help people and just get smart answers. :)
banned 1 Like #17
andymwh1972;7859544
Good attitude fella. ;-)

fair play to you for the post trying to warn others. Unfortunately some see this type of thing as an invite for abuse :thumbsup:
banned 1 Like #18
andymwh1972
Lol this is the last time I will be posting on this forum. You try to help people and just get smart answers. :)


The kids are on school holidays :roll:
[admin]#19
Thanks for mentioning this andymwh1972, I'm fairly sure there was a discussion about this a while ago aswell. It's easy to miss so your heads up is appreciated. Those of you making "smart" comments.. your posts have been deleted for now, they're not welcome in a thread where the OP is clearly trying to raise awareness to this issue.
banned#20
Nice edit.......
[mod]#21
juliet_bravo
Thanks for mentioning this andymwh1972, I'm fairly sure there was a discussion about this a while ago aswell. It's easy to miss so your heads up is appreciated. [B]Those of you making "smart" comments.. your posts have been deleted for now, they're not welcome in a thread where the OP is clearly trying to raise awareness to this issue.[/B]


Was mine deleted because it quoted one of these or did you mean something I wrote?!
#22
I hope you don't take my comments as being rude. I'm mearly defending the company who you have made claims about seeing as the company aren't here to defend themselves.

You've made several incorrect claims against this company. I'm just trying to be fair.
#23
andymwh1972
But many others didn't. Im glad that you havent fallen foul and from this thread I hope people will be extra careful when looking and if anyone does check their bank account and notices £10 per month being taken out by this company , they know why.
Congratulations on checking and not signing up and well done.
http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=819869&page=3
Lol this is the last time I will be posting on this forum. You try to help people and just get smart answers. :)


i wouldnt make it the last time you post on here this site can be helpful. all we are saying is it does clearly state the charge. fair enough it does go on and on first and then you fill the details in and only then when you are about to do the tick the terms and conditions it mentions the charge but yeah alot of people do notice it your wife obviously didnt. we are not being rude just stating the facts.
[admin]#24
magicjay1986
Was mine deleted because it quoted one of these or did you mean something I wrote?!


B/c of your quotes :)

Benjimoron
I hope you don't take my comments as being rude. I'm mearly defending the company who you have made claims about seeing as the company aren't here to defend themselves.

You've made several incorrect claims against this company. I'm just trying to be fair.


Benji, your comments are fine as they balance the thread.
banned#25
greyparrot
i wouldnt make it the last time you post on here this site can be helpful. all we are saying is it does clearly state the charge. fair enough it does go on and on first and then you fill the details in and only then when you are about to do the tick the terms and conditions it mentions the charge but yeah alot of people do notice it your wife obviously didnt. we are not being rude just stating the facts.


There was some rudeness though.

Members saying that is wife was illiterate.

That is offensive in my book.

Hope you are well :thumbsup:
#26
"Typically, they have reported being unaware they'd even signed up to the service. They then failed similarly to spot the charges on their account."

So people don't remember entering their details and then don't check their bank account for 2 years???
banned#27
DLM;7859794
There was some rudeness though.

Members saying that is wife was illiterate.

That is offensive in my book.

Hope you are well :thumbsup:

and that post remains in! :w00t:
#28
juliet_bravo

B/c of your quotes :)



Benji, your comments are fine as they balance the thread.


Thanks. I have to say that I'm suprised that people (a) enter all their details without even reading what's going to happen, and I don't just mean the small print. and (b) complain so heavily about it on the net when they eventually look at their bank account 2 years later!

No offence to anyone who's done it, I'm just very suprised. Could I accuse sky of taking money from me because I forgot that I signed up and only checked 2 years later to find they've been taking money from my account?

Why is it any different for this company?
#29
DLM
There was some rudeness though.

Members saying that is wife was illiterate.

That is offensive in my book.

Hope you are well :thumbsup:


well it is easily done i just thought it was too good to be for nothing so i went through everything still nearly ended up signing up though they are crafty the way that the charges are only mentioned at the very end when you are so close to signing up.

anyway i am fine hun are you.:)
banned#30
Benjimoron;7859837
Thanks. I have to say that I'm suprised that people (a) enter all their details without even reading what's going to happen, and I don't just mean the small print. and (b) complain so heavily about it on the net when they eventually look at their bank account 2 years later!

No offence to anyone who's done it, I'm just very suprised. Could I accuse sky of taking money from me because I forgot that I signed up and only checked 2 years later to find they've been taking money from my account?

Why is it any different for this company?

Where are you getting these 2 years from? Cant see OP mentioning it.
banned#31
greyparrot
well it is easily done i just thought it was too good to be for nothing so i went through everything still nearly ended up signing up though they are crafty the way that the charges are only mentioned at the very end when you are so close to signing up.

anyway i am fine hun are you.:)


People trying to make a quick buck.

I am fine too x x
#32
Benjimoron
Thanks. I have to say that I'm suprised that people (a) enter all their details without even reading what's going to happen, and I don't just mean the small print. and (b) complain so heavily about it on the net when they eventually look at their bank account 2 years later!

No offence to anyone who's done it, I'm just very suprised. Could I accuse sky of taking money from me because I forgot that I signed up and only checked 2 years later to find they've been taking money from my account?

Why is it any different for this company?


Broken Record :roll:

OP is telling people to be careful of it. You are telling people 'don't be so stupid'. Same thing really? :thinking:
#33
csiman
Where are you getting these 2 years from? Cant see OP mentioning it.


Some story from a web-site. I quoted it earlier. I know the OP didn't take 2 years, I'm just curious as to how other people don't realise for 2 years!
#34
dcx_badass
It's not a small tick box, I used the train line a week ago, after you've bought your ticket it loads a page, saying click here to save £15 from your next order sign up to shopper discounts trial, and after it loads the new website at the bottom it says after the one month trial you wil lbe charged. Your wife is just an idiot, it's 100% completely clear and a different website after the ticket is bought.

Cheers for that. Your obviously braver than I am because I darent call her that. Or maybe your braver because your 200 miles away and hiding behind a computer screen. :thumbsup:
#35
http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/5974/shopper.jpg

That is the page you're taken to (from mymemory, I doubt it's different from trainline). No scrolling needed or anything, it looks pretty clear to me, not hidden in small print as suggested.


In fact, it's mentioned 5 times on that page. The word "free" is only mentioned 4 times in relation to the offer (it's mentioned once more as a free phone number, unrelated to the offer).


You also have to enter your credit card details, which would suggest to me (even if I hadn't read the page) that there was some money to be taken for the service.
#36
andymwh1972
Cheers for that. Your obviously braver than I am because I darent call her that. Or maybe your braver because your 200 miles away and hiding behind a computer screen. :thumbsup:


lol yeah funny how some people tend to grow a pair when they are behind a computer screen. anyway thanks for putting the thread on hopefully it will stop some people from making the same mistake.:thumbsup:
#37
OP, your wifes fault...simples :roll:
#38
transit
OP, your wifes fault...simples :roll:


I know that, and cheers for reminding me. As I said, this is a warning to others not to make the same mistake. If you google the company you will see that a lot of people have made that same mistake. I hope no one here does the same.
For example http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=819869
banned#39
The moral of this thread is read the small print :thumbsup:
#40
DLM
The moral of this thread is read the small print :thumbsup:


The moral of the thread is.....chop your wifes hands off :thumbsup:

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