Some online service providers list optional "free trials" for services when you make a 1-time purchase. Let's assume that someone marks the box for such a free trial, but never makes use of the service. The vendor uses the credit-card info provided for the 1-time purchase to debit the credit account for multiple months of service before the consumer notices. The vendor then refuses to issue a credit for any but the last debit.
Would it be reasonable to consider those recurring charges "False Claims" or fraudulent?
In this context, I'm not referring to the federal qui tam statute, but the idea that presenting or causing the presentment of a bill for services that were never rendered is dishonest.
The initial charge on my credit card was fine, as it was for a fixed duration of services (10 years in my case.) What gives me heartburn is that they continued to charge my card without a meeting of the minds on that.
Reviewing an example of the vendor's website, it says in big print "Monthly Plan $0.00/mo" and in fine gray print it says "Renews at $5.88/month."