Web offer too good to be true? Read fine print The e-mail messages are tantalizing: "Join now and receive a free IBM laptop." "Your complimentary iPod with free shipping is waiting."
These offers and similar ones on the Internet promise gifts for buying products or services. Are they for real? At best, yes, but they can also be riddled with problems. Participants may have to spend a lot to qualify or may not get the reward if they fail to follow what can be complicated rules. Ultimately, they may end up with nothing more than a big increase in spam as their e-mail address and other information is passed along or sold. Complaint sites are filled with messages from consumers who say they participated in such programs only to come up empty-handed. One person, Vic of Northport, N.Y., participated in a deal and was disappointed in the experience. On a message board on RipOffReport.com, he wrote: "The lesson is that the only thing on this earth that is truly free is your mother's love. Everything else has a string or catch attached."
The only easy day was yesterday.
...some do, some don't; some will, some won't (WR)