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I should have known better

Updated on May 7, 2012

I knew it was a scam - I ignored my common sense

I often times see things that I want to buy, but when they are encouraging me to purchase the product online, I often hesitate. I have in the past been caught into these scams that are nearly impossible to get out of. This time was no different!

The reason I am actually writing this is because I want to expose this scam. While I was researching on the internet I found an article describing some weight loss pills that were guaranteed to work. While I am usually doubtful of these scams, a light bulb went off in my head. Since I was reading this article, by what was apparently a paid person to write how well this product really worked, I wanted to expose them. What I wasn’t realizing was that I would expose them in more than one way! Since the products were offered for a limited time only where you only had to pay shipping and handling, I jumped on the bandwagon. Why not. These bottles would have retailed at well over $100 but for today and today only, I could get both for less than $5.

My intention was to make people see how there is no such thing as a miracle pill. So, I vowed that for 30 days I would change nothing, but I would take those pills and record the benefits and the downfalls. (Which will be posted later once I have finished my personal investigation). So I started on my journey, dosing myself with Acai Max Cleanse and Revivatox.

First off, I should have known these bottles spelled trouble when the transaction flagged my bank account and forced them to shut off my card. While I wasn’t happy at first, I am glad my bank attempted to stop what they thought was a fraudulent transaction, even if it gave way to a few embarrassing moments of getting my card declined at the checkout. Even though I knew my bank account had money, I doubt the person telling me my card had been declined thought the same. They probably pegged me as some loser who was trying to buy stuff with less than adequate funds.

To make matters even worse, one of the products actually charged me the $69.95 when I should have only been charged shipping and handling. Now, I don’t know if I misunderstood, but if you say you can get the product for free and only pay shipping handling, doesn’t that tell you, you don’t pay the price of the product only to later send in a rebate form? That got me pretty heated, but I knew that I was going to do this study anyway, and the money did not cause my account to be on the verge of empty. So, I will just send in the rebate form and wait for my money to arrive.

Now, after taking the pills for awhile, the bottles were coming close to empty, and because I didn’t want to be charged the ridiculous amount of money they would cost, I decided it was time to cancel. (Unfortunately, I cancelled too late and already got charged for one of the products already!) Either way, I am still cancelling. So here I go, trying to figure out how to cancel these products, which can be a pain in the behind!

For the first product, the number was fairly easy to find. It was on my email confirmation. I sat on hold for a little bit and when the representative finally came on the phone, I told them how I wanted them to cancel my order. They hesitated and tried to sell me more. Now how much clearer can I be. So I told them again, “I am not interested in your offers, I just want to cancel my order!” This was not an easy task. Not only did the representative continue to try and sell me more product, but, they were also very difficult to understand. After an hour on the phone (ridiculous) the product is finally cancelled. I never want to deal with them again. This was for the Acai Max Cleanse. Note to self: They give you there phone number but don’t listen when you try to cancel.

For the second product, this was a little bit more of a task. After I checked my email with my order confirmation, I realize there is no number listed to contact them. Even looking at the order form that came with the product, still no number to contact them. So, because the original article was bookmarked, I went back to the source and clicked on the link. I dialed the contact number and while the phone rang, I suddenly realized, this wasn’t the same product. Not thinking at first, I just researched the number. So, for the Revivatox, it took me an hour to find the darn number, but when it came to cancelling, they said it had already been cancelled. Almost as if they had read my mind. Apparently, because it flagged my bank account the first time, my bank account did not allow the purchase to go through again. Thank you bank for helping me out of this dilemma.

Now, this is where I realized the other portion of the scam. I went back to the original article which encouraged me to buy the Acai Max Cleanse and the Revivatox. This is when it dawned at me that the same article, was no longer the same. It looked the same; the link was the same… yet the products that she was advertising were not the same.

Now, maybe I am just too trusting. I knew before I even ordered the products that this was most likely a scam; a personal investigation of someone who was “unpaid!” Ha… let me say that again… HA! That just goes to prove it was just another paid advertisement with fudged results. Whether I deep down knew that this was a scam to begin with, for the proof to be there in the writing infuriated me. I don’t care if I used it as more of a personal investigation… I was still pretty peeved. So I wrote a comment. (which by the way has to be approved first before it is posted. I doubt it will be approved!) And that brings us here. This is where I expose the scam for what it really is! So, if you come across this article, this is your warning. Do not fall victim to the results this woman claims. It is an advertising scheme. Just wish I would have known better once again and I could have avoided the headache that came with this whole ordeal.

So, for those of you that are looking for a miracle pill. Be careful for what you find. While there might be some out there, it is definitely not on this website. The only way to do it is to eat less, move more and drink plenty of water. Good luck on your journey.

P.S. Within the next week or so I will be publishing my own personal investigation on the Acai Max Cleanse and the Revivatox. If you are interested in the real results… this is where you will find them!

Have you ever fallen victim to these types of scams?

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    • robschwenck profile image

      robschwenck 7 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Victor Schwab pioneered the social proof marketing strategy; scammers will kill it.

    • barbergirl28 profile image

      Stacy Harris 7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Your very welcome W.K. Hayes... I look forward to reading your next inspiration!

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      Warren Keith Hayes 7 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina

      You just inspired my next article...thank you!

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      neeleshkulkarni 7 years ago from new delhi

      happens all the time barbergirl.

      i was flagged down the other day while driving near my house by a motorbike born boy who seemed to know me well.the moment i stopped my car he came in and sat down next to me and started thanking me for the help i had given him and started saying the advice i had given him had changed his life and that he had taken up a legit business now and was dealing in corporate gifts and giving away free stuff to people to establish his business. i tried to place him and on being unable to do so asked him to write down his phone number on a piece of paper and even the name that went with it seemed this tie i realized it was a con of some kind and also found that two other guys on bikes had parked near my car by that time.he offered me a mobile phone saying it was a humble gift from him for someone who had done so much fr him.i made as if i was getting down from the car and then pretended as if was just wanting to park the car to one side of the road ( a desolate stretch at that)he instinctively got down as he thought i was getting down anyway at which i simply banged the door and sped away.

      really do not know what the con was- but am glad I got away.

      as a policy i smell a scam wherever someone offers something for nothing- or for just the postage and handling as in this case. lol

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      Karen Somers 7 years ago from Omaha,NE

      There are a lot of bad people out there that just prey on people trying to better themselves. Thanks for sharing your story, helping others to keep our eyes open :)

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      gigi 7 years ago

      the number for revivatox is 18889503438. they gave me an rma number and i will return the bottle as soon as i get it. goodluck.

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      Stacy Harris 7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Hills - I hope you can get the alert for this... the number I used was 1-866-884-2144. Good luck on cancelling!

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      Lori J Latimer 7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      This is a very good Hub, thank you for letting others know about the scam.

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      hillls 7 years ago

      what was the number for the canceling revivatox? i cant seem to find it

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      roxsilver 7 years ago from West Coast

      So sorry about your experience. It's happened to me, too.