Company settles with Iowa over deceptive sales

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Connecticut-based company will pay Iowa consumers more than $5 million to resolve allegations that it misled people into signing up for discount club memberships.

Attorney General Tom Miller announced the settlement Thursday with Affinion Group Inc. and its subsidiaries, Trilegiant Corporation and Inc.

Affinion and its subsidiaries run discount clubs and membership programs that offer services like credit monitoring, roadside assistance and discounted travel. The company is accused of duping consumers into paying for them through supposed “free trials.”

The settlement states Affinion must provide clear information to consumers after enrollment about their membership, periodic reminders of their enrollment and notice of changes to cancellation practices.

The company must also pay $30 million as part of a national settlement with 47 states and the District of Columbia.

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