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Acai berry scams

Updated on February 3, 2009

A Brief Introduction to Acai Berry and Benefits

Before discussing the scam techniques used. For those not in the know, what is the rave about Acai Berry.  Acai boasts 10 times the antioxidant benefits of grapes and twice that of blueberries.  It is a small, round and black looking berry - similar to blueberry but smaller.  It is being used widely in energy juices, ice cream, energy bars, and various diet/health products. 

Some reported benefits of the Acai Berry, (short list): 

  •  Boosts energy levels
  •  Improves digestive function
  •  Improves mental clarity/focus
  •  Promotes sound sleep
  •  Provides all vital vitamins
  •  Contains several important minerals
  •  Is an extremely powerful free radical fighter
  •  Acai has very high levels of fibers
  •  Cleanses and Detoxifies the body of infectious toxins
  •  Strengthens your immune system
  •  Enhances sexual desire and performance

Most the benefits probably comes just from the mere fact of it enhancing one's nutrition, thus helping the body to function better.  But like all things, it is not a miracle food or product.  It may be providing what are regular diets are depriving us of. 

Free Trials is just the beginning.

It all starts off with looking good.  Acai Berry, the latest in the health food industry and diet.  Promoted by celebrities.

So what do they do?  Advertise the benefits of Acai Berry, put in some celebrity endorsements, promise of a far better health.  Work on maybe your guilt or desires to shed a few pounds.  Then to top it off they offer the product "free to try", or "first month free".  Irresistible.

What you don't see is that they are going to do monthly shipments and it is going to be hard to cancel.  Don't think it's just Acai they do, this has been going on for many forms of Health products and other services too.

For Acai lately the scams are rising, or being discovered more.  The first trip any consumer should do is consult with the Better Business Bureau.  Check the company out for complaints.  Also read the fine print. 

Here is what the crooks do.  Through the enticements of "free trial offers" and celebrity endorsements, they lock the customer into a monthly program and make it extremely difficult to cancel.  You continue to receive the products every month with hardly a way to cancel.

The complainants on attempting to cancel range from: phone number listed is found out of service, continually busy, or voice mail with no live operator.  Emails cancellations are difficult too, like the phone the address doesn't work, or there mail is ignored.  

Instead what they do get is to be continually billed each month.  It has been enough that some customers were forced to close their bank accounts, or cancel credit cards in order to stop the automatic charges.   Or pay extra bank fees to cancel the withdrawals.

 

 

The Solution

As the old adage is: Read the fine print. Is there going to be a month shipment, cost, cancellation fees, so on. Next is any numbers listed where by you can contact the company besides there sales number, do they respond to emails from their customer support.

Above all else check with the Better Business Bureau.

Do your homework. Search engines can be your friend if you are online. Just type the companies name into the search bar along with the words scam. I.E. {"Acai Company" Scams}. The following sites are good bets: http://www.ripoffreport.com/ ,http://www.scam.com/, and http://www.snopes.com.

Unfortunately if the scam is fresh you could be it's first victim, as nothing is listed. In that case we need some more so called street smarts or "internet smarts"

Beware of anything that sounds too good to be true. IE. Fast weight loss, rapidly improving health, all natural cure alls, Celebrity endorsements (with our current technology is so easy to cut and paste, modify and use for any means).

A good proverb is this " A good lie is 99% truth". It's that 1% that is the snag, and it's hidden from view.

Another technique if the Internet is involved is do a whois search on the domain providing the product, to see who the parent company is. An example is my article on TST management, they are under Blue China group according to whois, and so are there 1000's of websites. Then check the parent company out.

Acai Berry sounds like a great product, there are probably a lot more goodies hidden out there in those far off places. Plants that would be of great benefit to us. Natural without all the poisons, antibodies, chemicals, and depleted soils we farm today. Plus the variety, and no genetic alterations.

But as always there bad apples out there to ruin it or make it hard for the good.

Recommendations:

Go with known businesses that are established. Buy locally is preferred and secondarily online from know companies. Subscription based health products are great for a constant monthly supply, but aren't necessary. Buy your products from those companies with a good reputation, and there shouldn't really be a need for a subscription. Go online, do comparision pricing, and check the whois for internet businesses, check BBB for any magazing ad, newspaper, online offers. Remember do your homework it's your money and health.

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    • eaglegordon profile imageAUTHOR

      eaglegordon 

      7 years ago

      Acai: Thanks for your comment. Best way is to buy your Acai products from a known reliable retailer. But like all things, even they can be duped, with a bad product.

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      Acai 

      7 years ago

      i want to say that avoid going for free trial offers because they are cheating and stealing our money. Where is not scam, but acai berry is so popular in the internet market so all people know sacm regarding this product. But my mind says the this products is really amazing and effective....

    • eaglegordon profile imageAUTHOR

      eaglegordon 

      7 years ago

      Guest: Sorry to hear that, we all can be fooled now and then.

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      Guest 

      7 years ago

      Beware of scam, I've been had. G.

    • eaglegordon profile imageAUTHOR

      eaglegordon 

      7 years ago

      Correction to my comment: WOT is available for all major browsers.

      http://www.mywot.com/en/download

    • eaglegordon profile imageAUTHOR

      eaglegordon 

      7 years ago

      Beth Ho: Those redirects are common to a lot of things. If you use Firefox, add the addon WOT: Web of Trust. It helps to reduce those misleading links/sites, plus you can rate sites for safety too.

    • Beth Ho profile image

      Beth Ho 

      7 years ago from Australia

      I saw one of these so called 'free acai berry trial' things that instead lead to a site called 'free lotto' who are known scamsters!

    • eaglegordon profile imageAUTHOR

      eaglegordon 

      7 years ago

      easyweightloss: thanks for your input. A lot of diet products period are useless or cause harm. Your thought pattern is a bit hard to follow -- I think you used a translator. There are a few good solutions out there, but common sense is what is needed most.

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      easyweightloss1 

      7 years ago from Allentown

      If you think satisfied with the quality of weight loss diet Acai Berry not yet an appropriate supplement or Diet Pill came, was, you're certainly not alone. This is because many do not in a position to buy his opinion about the product, because by the seemingly countless number of products by retailers, are overwhelmed are announced they offer the best natural solution.

    • eaglegordon profile imageAUTHOR

      eaglegordon 

      7 years ago

      Lisa Forrestor: You went through the School of Hard Knocks and it's not a nice school. A lesson well learned. Yes some of the products promoted out there are not only scams but down rite dangerous as you can testify too.

      The Acai product you purchased might not have been a true product and/or it's combo with the cleansing could of been a medical conflict or the colon product defective. On

      One thing though and often mentioned is by the better companies is to consult your physician.

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      Lisa Forrestor 

      8 years ago

      I tried this and the colon cleanse that they said are to go together. I tried 4 times, to be sure. I was throwing up, and had cramps and water stool each time. The third time I tried I ended up at the DR.office. The last time I ended up at the ER getting meds IVed to me because nothing would stay down and I was In more pain than childbirth. I lost 15 lbs in 2 days though, with an $11,000 ER bill to my insurance.

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      LanaSoko 

      8 years ago

      Great consumer hub. These free trials are morally bad. We have a site on weight loss, but only promote one organically certified product where you pay up front. Nothing hidden and that's how it should be

      http://www.lose-weight-with-us.com/sambazon-acai.h...

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      knowledgeispower 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for your tips on acai scams.

      George

      https://hubpages.com/health/Top-20-Acai-Berry-Bene...

    • eaglegordon profile imageAUTHOR

      eaglegordon 

      8 years ago

      Jill - thanks for reporting what happened to your friend.

      She could do what I opted for once, when my bank says you can't stop the charges.

      Report the card lost/stolen. However any other continuing charges against the card will also stop, and she will have to reauthorize them.

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      Jill Parker 

      8 years ago

      A friend of mine has been scammed by a Acai berry company offering a so-called free trial. She has cancelled her credit card but the bank say she may still be billed because she agreed to shipping charges. Her problem is that she has repeatedly called the company and all the other names it goes under but says they are all false number. She has also e.mailed them many times and guess what? - no reply. Anyone out there who could advise her what she can do to stop these charges appearing on her account. Thanks.

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      Jill Parker 

      8 years ago

      A friend of mine has been scammed by a Acai berry company offering a so-called free trial. She has cancelled her credit card but the bank say she may still be billed because she agreed to shipping charges. Her problem is that she has repeatedly called the company and all the other names it goes under but says they are all false number. She has also e.mailed them many times and guess what? - no reply. Anyone out there who could advise her what she can do to stop these charges appearing on her account. Thanks.

    • eaglegordon profile imageAUTHOR

      eaglegordon 

      8 years ago

      Thank you folks for your comments. Unfortunately with a lot of things that really good for us, the scammers and the bogus move in to take advantage. Making it hard for the real legit operations.

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      Acai 

      8 years ago

      i want to say that avoid going for free trial offers because they are cheating and stealing our money. Where is not scam, but acai berry is so popular in the internet market so all people know sacm regarding this product. But my mind says the this products is really amazing and effective............

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      Pure Acai Berry 

      9 years ago

      Nowadays, there are so many acai berry free trial offers going on so i want to say that avoid going for free trial offers because they are cheating and stealing our money.

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      acai health 

      9 years ago

    • nancydodds1 profile image

      nancydodds1 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Interesting!

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