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Acai Berry Scams - The Truth

Updated on July 5, 2011

Acai Berry Scams

Acai Berry scams have made consumers wary of trying out the popular products such as nutritional supplements and juices in fear of being duped. Why are consumers afraid of being duped? Often scam artists feed off people seeking out current health or dieting trends. Some sites or companies may make a lot of broken promises and in the end, the buyer is conned out of his or her money. Not all Acai Berry companies or businesses are scams; however, to prevent being duped, you must learn what the big ones are out there and how to avoid them.

Acai Berry Scams – History Folklore and how the Craze Started

The Acai Berry comes from a palm tree, known as the Acai in Brazil of South America. An interesting fact is that Acai means “fruit that cries.” The reason for this is an old tale of a young girl in an Amazon tribe who thought she heard a baby crying one day after her tribal father ordered all infants to be killed. Infants were ordered to be killed due to the fact that food was scarce at the time. When she ventured out for the cries she saw a tree protrude from ground that was covered in tons of fruit. The young woman spread herself on the ground beneath the tree and passed away

Acai Berries photo by salame/sxc.hu
Acai Berries photo by salame/sxc.hu

Tribesman found the young woman under the tree the following day. The tribal leader, whom was the girl’s father, named the palm tree with the fruit that gave the people energy Acai, which happened to be the girl’s name that is backwards in spelling – Iaca. The orders were also listed and the people of the tribal union grew. Since the times of the discovery of the Acai Berry, it has become an important food in South America that has spread to all continents with the talk of the many benefits that come from the fruits that are eaten or the products that are made from them.

Promises of Free Pills

One of the major Acai Berry scams is promising free pills made from the fruits for a certain time frame. Generally this scam states that it only requires a buyer to pay shipping and handling. Most of the time in small lettering where internet users might miss is a disclaimer that actually enrolls the person into a monthly subscription program. The buyer’s credit card is then charged on a monthly basis – sometimes for quite a significant amount of money. The average being anywhere from $25 to $100 a month for charges. How can you protect yourself against this Acai Berry scam? Investigate the site that you consider buying from before handing over your credit card information. Look for reviews about the site via online and read over the entire page before purchasing. Consider buying from reputable and well known websites if you have any forms of doubts about a specific online business.

High Fees and Recruitment

One of the other Acai Berry scams that are out there is having people sign up for programs that are generally high in cost to sell company products. The programs sometimes require users to recruit other individuals to be able to stay in the program – hence, the company makes more money off the new user’s high sign up fees. Not all programs are indeed scams; however, just like the free Acai Berry scams, buyers must research the company before handing over funds via credit card.

Tips

If you think you may have fallen victim to one of the Acai Berry Scams then immediately call your credit card company by using the telephone number on the back of the card and explain your situation. They may send you a replacement card with new numbers to prevent being over charged or having continuous charges made every month. Check up companies on the Better Business Bureau website at bbb.org or complaintboard.com to see if any are under investigation or comments from others are made about current Acai Berry Scams.

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