The video game retail giant GameStop has recently come under fire from the office of New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo. Cuomo’s office is investigating GameStop and other retailers for luring customers into deceptive advertising practices. The customers are being sent to fraudulent discount programs where they unknowingly share credit card information with a third party. This of course ends with the said Third Party taking recurring charges out of customer’s accounts without them ever knowing.
“Well-known companies are tricking customers into accepting offers from third party vendors,” said Cuomo, “which then siphon money from consumers’ accounts.”
One of the other high profile companies, Online movie ticket company Fandango, has taken steps to pay $400,000 to a consumer redress fund. Cuomo also recommends customers to read the fine print anytime they sign up for any type of discount program, no matter if they trust the source or not. Wow, talk about taking Power away from the gamers.