Two companies will pay a combined 14-and-a-half million dollars to settle claims that they tricked people in North Carolina and 14 other states.
The companies were accused of fooling them into paying for membership programs that claimed to offer discounts on automotive service, home repair and other services.
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper says Chase Bank U-S-A, its subsidiary Chase Home Finance and Trilegiant Corporation offered free trial memberships to various discount programs. He says they didn't tell consumers that they would be automatically charged fees if they did not cancel the memberships within a certain time period.
Cooper said fees of 49 dollars to 99 dollars or more would be charges to consumers' credit cards or mortgage loans.