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August 22, 2012 at 4:07 AM #49820oldnickParticipant
I got an email saying I could download free loops, videos etc for 7 days from videoblocks. During sign up they ask for my CC details. This just has all the hallmarks of a scam or at least a shill.
Thanks in advance
August 22, 2012 at 11:19 AM #203790
when in doubt assume it is a scam… nothing free needs your credit card.
August 22, 2012 at 11:42 AM #203791
VideoBlocks is legit – They are a subsidiary of FootageFirm.com. The 7 days is real (you are limited to twenty downloads per day) and you can quit without repurcussions after 7 days. They will then offer you $100 for a one year plan which is a super deal.
August 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM #203792
the company may be legit, but the free offer is not… free means free, and asking for the credit card info is just wrong.
Go-pro cameras has a win one of everything we make free contest…. you enter it’s free, you don’t have use a credit card to enter… other sites with give aways don’t ask for your cards or bank accounts… it is the realm of scammers to use that tactic.
so don’t dress like a duck and quack like a duck, lest people think you are in fact a duck..lol!
August 22, 2012 at 12:31 PM #203793Luis Maymi LopezParticipant
I agree with Don. Perhaps the only thing to ask is for an email address to later follow up with a price winner email and a thank you for participation. When companies like this ask for credit cards you can assume they will automatically charge your credit card when the offer expires and you will go to hell to get that money back.
August 22, 2012 at 12:46 PM #203794cjproductionsParticipant
I have done it and everythng was fine. It does kind of stink that you have to give them your CC but as long as you cancel before the 7 day trial runs out it is free. They also have a lot of good stuff!
August 22, 2012 at 1:47 PM #203795Moab ManParticipant
I love videoblocks, their offers, and what I have purchased. Just cancel before the seven days is up.
August 22, 2012 at 2:36 PM #203796gldnearsMember
” I got an email saying I could download free loops, videos etc for 7 days from videoblocks. During sign up they ask for my CC details. This just has all the hallmarks of a scam or at least a shill. “
This is a very popular comeon from various subscription services. They are counting on your inability to cancel your ” free ” tiral subscription within theintroductory ” term ” . . . and then they GOTCHA!
August 22, 2012 at 6:57 PM #203797designcbtsParticipant
O.K., here’s something to compare with: Videomaker + membership does the same thing. Moral of the story?We should always exercise care when confronted with “Free Trial Membership” offers. That said, if I didn’t already have my Smartsound music library, I might be tempted. My guess this is probably a safe company…
August 23, 2012 at 12:12 AM #203798
August 23, 2012 at 1:45 AM #203799
well I’m glad it’s a good company, just annoyed at the tactic. Don’t like giving credit or banking info …
August 23, 2012 at 3:51 AM #203800oldnickParticipant
Thanks for the discussion, guys.
So the company is legit but there is a gotcha there. I started to read the terms and conditions but they go on and on, and I could not find specific mention of the free offer.
On principle I will stay away, I think.
Another thing. I cannot see anywhere that the actual start and finish times of this offer are stated.Just looks like more and more of a trap to me.
August 23, 2012 at 11:36 AM #203801
The parent company, Footage Firm, has several websites. This is just another of their outlets.
In recent months I’ve noticed Pond5 included in many documentaries credits, I would expect to see VideoBlocks popping up more & more.
August 23, 2012 at 1:19 PM #203802composite1Member
I’ve gotten stock footage from Footage Firm with no hassles. However, it was when they sold clips off in blocks for a really low price. Giving any company your CC info when not directly purchasing something is a bad idea. Even if you cancel the ‘trial period’, they’ve still got your info which is all they wanted in the first place….
April 2, 2013 at 7:49 AM #206780AnonymousInactive
I was scammed by VIDEOBLOCKS. There is no reminder and it is not obvious how or where to cancel. When I called the 24hr support, it was a call center that could not do anything. The next business day was past their bogus 7 day trial. Scammed out of $79 for a 'free trial'.
Save yourself the headache and don't even sign up. Never give your credit card # to anything that has a free trial period.
June 11, 2014 at 10:27 AM #210573Harold1Participant
I think that entering your credit card is ALWAYS a sign that you should be afraid – be very afraid. I think that if someone wants to give you something FREE, they have the option to do so without requiring your credit card details. I would not provide my information on that principle alone.
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April 14, 2015 at 3:46 AM #212108andrewjohn1317Member
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