LIME REALTY GROUP recently read an article about a new online scam that’s taking American consumers to the cleaners and we thought we’d give you a heads up about it. Have you seen these videos on Facebook or other places?
If you have then you know about this supposedly miracle anti-wrinkle cream coming out of the Asian market for US consumers. This video would have you believe the cream is a miracle when in reality it is not. Don’t get us wrong, it can work wonders if used over a period of time, but if you expect to see the same results as the man in this video, you’re kidding yourself.
Now here’s the scam…
A lot of new companies are springing up all over the place claiming to be the exclusive distributor for this product. When you see their advertising on sites like Facebook or other places and you click on them, get ready for drama.
First and foremost, watch out for the hooks. The website will claim there is a limited trial supply of the cream and you can get yours only if you act right now. This is a blatant lie. They have more than enough in stock and the sales pitch is worded in such a way to make you feel pressured into buying the product.
Then, they’ll tell you it’s a free trial. All you pay is shipping. Here’s where these offers enter the realm of scams…
You have to carefully read the fine print.
This is a free trial for 14 days at the end of which time, if you have not cancelled your order; or in some cases, returned the cream unopened in its original state, the company will charge your credit card the full amount of the beauty cream. These charges can run anywhere from $100 to $150 a pop. And they will continue to charge this amount each month and send you more product until you discontinue your subscription. By agreeing to receive a trial product, you are signing a contract.
Of course if you call and try to argue with them, they’ll simply tell you that they have a legal binding contract. Although technically this is true, the government’s Consumer Protection Agency was put in place to deal with scammers just like this.
Now here’s where it gets even more tricky…
Your 14 day trial begins the minute you click send your payment for shipping in. So by the time the item arrives; which could take up to 4 or 5 days, that much time on your trial has expired. So you really only have a couple days to test the product (or in some cases, decide whether you want it or not), and cancel your contract/return the unopened bottle.
Although these types of scams aren’t limited to beauty creams, that’s the big area of focus these days. So limit your shopping for these types of cosmetics to trusted names or shops where you can buy the product directly. Don’t become a victim of one of the latest online rackets!
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