…stating that a “rebate” cannot require the purchase of further goods or services, in particular those that involve recurring charges that must be stopped by calling some hard-to-find phone number and navigating through an absurd menu system to get to some overworked guy who has been specifically trained to be as unhelpful as possible when you try to cancel the useless no-value “membership” you had purchased to avail yourself of the so-called rebate. Come to think of it, maybe there already is such a law. Isn’t “bait and switch” already illegal? Yeah, “mach speed technologies” – I’m talking about you.

I wonder how many of these scams – bad enough as they are all by themselves – are also just a way to make someone pay for having their own identity stolen.