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Phony news sites push supplements

Phony news sites push supplements

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Did you see Jesse’s report on Monday on fake news sites that try to sell you acai berry supplements and colon cleansers? It shows just how far scammers will go to try to convince you to buy their products.

The bogus “News5.reports.com” site and copycats make it appear that products are being endorsed by local reporters. Our computer forensics investigator, Rebecca Henderson, explained that a technology called “geolocation” uses your computer’s IP address to customize the site. So I see “(Seattle - News 5)” at the front of the article but you might see a different city name. In case you're interested, the reporter on the News5reports.com isn't from Seattle -- she's in France.

About a year ago, we wrote about how Washington consumers have been juiced by these deceptive ads. Our Consumer Protection Division has received close to 150 consumer complaints concerning such products. Most are from consumers who responded to free trial offers then were surprised when their credit cards were charged for additional shipments or for other products they didn’t know they had bought.

Posted by Kristin Alexander All Consuming Blog Moderator at 07/14/2010 12:10:54 PM | 


I agree with some part of the story. Yes there are too much fake and scam companies selling bad acai berry supplements or con people with the free trials. However, there are some companies manufacturing good quality acai berry supplements. We need to be just careful about what we buy. Acai berry is awesome and those fake companies do not make acai berry useless. Acai Berry is still good [ALL CONSUMING BLOG MODERATOR'S NOTE: This message was posted by a representative of an Acai berry supplement company.]
Posted by: Enes ( Email ) at 8/15/2010 6:48 AM


There's definitely caution to take when buying anything nowaday. It's good to know people like you guys here debunk a few of those.

Thank
Posted by: Jamie ( Email ) at 11/30/2010 12:02 PM


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