Since I was on the official railway site tgv-europe.com, I let my guard down and was not aware I had to be on the lookout for scams and do extensive research on how to avoid getting ripped off. I ended up on one of the raileurope sites and wound up paying a lot more for my ticket than I should have. I'm not sure how this business model benefits SNCF. They got one sale from me but they lost any opportunity for repeat business at raileurope. I will probably need to buy a Swiss rail pass for this trip so they will not be considered for that. And each time they pull this stunt, another angry post will likely be posted on a travel forum or review site until searching for raileurope and tgv will result mainly in posts from angry customers.
For those unaware of the issue, NEVER buy anything from raileurope.com, raileurope-world.com, or any similar site. The site you want is tgv-europe.com but you have to be careful on it. Never say you are from the United States and always watch the URL to make sure it stays at tgv-europe.com. If it changes to one of the raileurope sites, clear your cookies and restart your browser. The best site I've found on how to deal with tgv-europe.com is seat61.com at http://www.seat61.com/France-trains.htm . There's a lot of information there but unfortunately you should read it all before attempting to buy train tickets originating from France.
I feel better after posting this and will certainly not let SNCF negatively affect my upcoming Europe trip!