Category: Fake Products

Magic Diet Powder

How would you like a magic powder that you simply sprinkle on your food and it increases the smell and taste so much that you eat much less food?

It’s an interesting idea – would super tasty food make you eat less of it?

I’d think that’s a no. You’d eat more because it was so tasty. We all want to eat food we enjoy, so this ‘product’ which doesn’t actually exist would likely backfire and make you fatter than ever.

The claim is “Yep – no dieting or exercise needed” – just the magic powder which of course has a high price.

With U.S. sales of more than $364 million between 2008 and 2012, Sensa Products LLC claimed sprinkling Sensa on meals would make “users feel full faster, so they eat less and lose weight without dieting, and without changing their exercise regimen.” It promised the loss of 30 pounds.

Sensa Products, parent company Sensa Inc., Sensa Inc.’s former CEO Adam Goldenberg and Dr. Alan Hirsch were ordered to pay $26.5 million as part of a $46.5 million judgment.

Sensa powder, which came in 12 flavors, was sold at chains including Costco and GNC, touted in a promotional book by Hirsch, and was advertised on the Home Shopping Network, on the radio and in magazines.

A one-month supply was $59 plus shipping and handling. Hirsch gave expert endorsements that were not supported by scientific evidence while some consumers were paid $1,000 or $5,000 and given trips to Los Angeles for endorsing Sensa.

That is terrible.

Sensa Powder is off the market but beware copycats using the same Marketing for another impossible product.

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L’Occitane Fined

L’Occitane “Almond Beautiful Shape” cream, promised to trim 1.3 inches from users’ thighs in four weeks

L’Occitane was required to pay $450,000 after suggesting its “Almond Beautiful Shape” cream was scientifically proven to trim 1.3 inches from a user’s thighs in four weeks while significantly reducing cellulite.

The company also indicated that scientific tests proved its “Almond Shaping Delight” cream “significantly slims the body in just four weeks.”

The fee was intended for consumer redress. The company was prohibited from “making future false and deceptive weight-loss claims,”.

Very naughty of them.

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HCG Scammers Stopped

These are supposedly Homeopathic drops made from HCG, a hormone produced by the human placenta.

Of course, homeopathic remedies don’t actually contain any of the original product i.e. placenta.

Marketers who pitched “homeopathic HCG drops as a quick and easy way to lose substantial weight” were ordered to pay $1 million in December, and asked to stop selling HCG Platinum drops.

The products were sold online, at GNC, Rite Aid, and Walgreens and claimed users would likely lose as much as 50 pounds; a 30-day supply typically retailed for anywhere from $60 to $149.

Human chorionic gonadotropin has been fraudulently pitched for decades as a weight loss ingredient.

The FTC imposed a $3.2 million judgment on a separate group of marketers in January who were selling HCG Diet Direct Drops, though they were unable to pay. In that case, HCG Diet Direct and director Clint Ethington allegedly told customers to place the solution under their tongues before meals and stick to an extremely low-calorie diet to “lose 7 pounds in 7 days.”

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Instant Photographer Scam

Photography is one of those things that everyone can do a little and nowadays most of us carry smart phones that include a reasonable quality camera. People upload around 300 million pictures per day to Facebook and around 95 million photos are shared on Instagram every day, almost all from smart phones.

But, being able to take a reasonable picture is a world apart from being a qualified professional photographer.

The scam email starts off with the typical scammers opening warning to catch people’s attention.

Did you know that pro photographers are FURIOUS about this site?

Then comes the sales pitch


“Because it shows normal folks like you and me (the underdogs) the true secrets of photography”

“Meaning you can take photos like them without formal training.”

“It’s no wonder guys are saying the site should be banned”

It continues like this for paragraphs.

The email appears to be trying to sell you a video training course and maybe it’s a good training course although the chances are against that as reputable sellers don’t use scammer’s language.

More likely is that the training video (if it exists) is just cheap rubbish put together by a scammer. Once she’s got your money – she won’t care whether you can ever take decent photographs. Don’t waste your money.

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The Amazon Code Scam

The Amazon code, also known as the AZ code, promises to give you the formula that will make you thousands of dollars a day in commissions in absolutely no time at all and with no experience needed.

This scam has been around for years and resurfaces every so often. This scammer is selling a ‘package’.

It’s about becoming an Amazon affiliate which means promoting Amazon products and earning commission on subsequent sales.

One man reports that he bought the “package” and it was instructions for how to be an Amazon merchant which means selling as a business on Amazon and clearly is of no use unless you already have a business selling products that could go on Amazon.  Presumably this was a case of the wrong package dispatched.

Being an Amazon Affiliate

To become an Amazon affiliate, you need to apply to their affiliate program called Amazon Associates and they give you affiliate links for the products you want to promote.

You then promote those products as you wish and if people buy then you get paid commission of (up to 10% of the price. You don’t actually sell the products and you don’t need stock – you’re just sending people via your affiliate link to Amazon and hoping they will buy things.

A lot of people make money this way – it’s perfectly legal and can be a good business for some.

But, there’s a lot of competition and it’s not easy to make money unless you are very organized and efficient and a great Marketer.

The AZ Code claims you will make $40K a month, but even if you managed to make $40K in sales – that’s just the sales figure and the cost of the product, delivery etc. come out of that so any profit will be significantly less.  To make $40K profit per month means selling huge amounts of stuff.

The sales pitch for the AZ Code contains a lot of testimonials saying how wonderful it is – but you have to question how valid these are – are they recent or many years out of date, are they genuine or paid for actors or simply made-up?

The AZ Code Documents (as reported by a recent purchaser)

There are four modules.

Module 1 – A basic introduction

Module 2 – Auto Website Building.

Automated website builders are very quick and easy to use but they produce basic website whereas if you want to stand out and actually make sales then you need something better. WORDPRESS websites are free and much better generally.

Module 3 – Traffic

Traffic means getting people to your website in large numbers.  The module includes an auto traffic generator. Not recommended.

Module 4 – Start Making Money

The fantasy of making money with little to no effort grabs people’s attention but the reality is hard work is required and these products do not live up to expectations.

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Stupidest Scam of the Week Fake Free Offer

“We overstocked and we want these new design solar chargers GONE!”.

Sounds stupid huh?


Because it is stupid.

If you overstock a good selling product then you simply sell more of the product. There’s no need to give it away.

The email claims the products are ‘Crazy Popular’.

What are they?  Just electronic power banks with a solar panel for charging, as sold by lots of companies. Power banks can be used to power up your mobile phone when you let the battery charge drop for example.

There is no seller, just a scammer wanting your delivery details plus although it claims the product is free, it will of course charge a delivery fee so will need your credit card details.

You would end up on scammers lists and have your credit card charged to the max and definitely wouldn’t get a power bank.

Don’t fall for it.

If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.

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