Infomercial Scams - Truth Is?
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Infomercial scams are definitely on the rise and cover all different
areas from weight loss items, get rich quick scams, real estate and
Believe the scam warnings you hear concerning infomercial scams that can just as easily lead to identity theft.
a special report revealed by the United States Federal Trade
Commission, 40 percent of the 300 weight loss and fitness ads that were
studied, they found 55 percent of them had at least one claim that was
unsubstantiated and at least one untrue representation.
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all weight loss or fitness ads are false but, as a consumer willing to
spend your hard earned money, you have to be extremely careful and
protect yourself from the fraudulent practice of these types of
The first thing to do is
investigate the company that is selling the infomercial product to
protect yourself from infomercial scams.
- Testimonials that are offered are very often Not from ‘real people’.
As you know, anything can be added to a web site that practices deception, and testimonials from ‘fake’ people can be added.
- How can you possibly know if the person is real in testimonials for infomercial scams?
More times than not, the first name or first initial with the last name is the only thing given, and possibly the state.
Years ago, I believed much of what I read. I believed people would tell the truth and not lie about things like this.
I believed the testimonials. After all, they were in print from real people, right? Not!.
I was also “taken” many times, and lost a lot of money investing in so many types of products that were scams.
There were very few items I purchased that actually did what they said or had good quality in the manufacturing of the product.
I later learned that these products were infomercial scams.
- I am older and a lot wiser and don’t take things at face value anymore.
If I find something of interest on the net or on the TV, I investigate the company selling the product.
also go to a search engine such as Bing or Google and enter the name of
the infomercial presenter with the word complaints, scam or rip-off.
is a very good chance that, if the product is a scam, you will find
people have placed documentation and complaints about the scammer for
everyone to see.
I find out if they are a ‘real’
company and what their reputation is before I send my hard earned money
for something that may take my money for a product that is inferior and
doesn’t do what they say it will do, and possibly open myself up for types of identity theft.
usually go to the Better Business Bureau (bbb.org) website and click
"report on businesses and charities" to check if they have a report on
- Does the business have complaints? and if so, how many, what for, and were they resolved?
- Many of the infomercial scams make very misleading claims as to what their product does.
They will tell you an expert in their field developed the product.
The sad thing is, infomercial scams thief can consistently go bankrupt, get caught, and keep popping back up like a cork.
All the scammer has to do is pick a new business under a new name. Like plastic products, they just keep recycling themselves.
As I have said many times in my website if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
Pay attention to your “gut instinct”. I find if I pay attention to that instinct, I seldom go wrong.
It’s when I resist it and go against that instinct that trouble happens.
Infomercial Scams – Tips On What
To Be Aware Of!
- Be Wary! If there is a phrase “guaranteed or your money back,”
you want to make sure what the manufacturers are really promising, so
make sure you read the fine print. That is usually where the “catch” is
- This is where you will find all the limitations, restrictions and disclaimers.
You will not usually be told about these unless you ask the advertiser.
TV ads put the “fine print” at the bottom of the screen in such small
print that you can barely see it, and they certainly don’t leave it, up
long enough for you to read it.
I have a fairly large TV and I still couldn’t read the “fine print” item.
- I purposely recorded one of these infomercial scams on my old VHS recorder and then read the “fine print.”
WOW! Its scary all the legalities and “little tricks” they had in the fine print.
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even worse is most people don’t bother reading the small print before
they commit themselves to purchasing something, even large items, such
as cars or houses.
- Be leery of “expert advice”.
You don’t know these people, or if what they are telling you is really
the truth of the item or business you are interested in.
Always do your research before buying.
- The one thing I have found when the statement is made that you can only buy the particular product online or on the TV, that is Not normally true.
- I have seen many products “only sold on TV” in stores such as, Target or Wal-Mart for a couple of examples.
your credit card in your purse or wallet until you find out about the
product and see if you can save yourself outrageous shipping charges,
especially on the items that are heavy and cost a hefty amount to ship.
- I have also found by doing some research on some of the items companies sell, you can have the item sent to you for Only $14.95, but the actual total purchase price is Not a cheap product.
- When I see the $14.95 price now, I automatically assume it is a higher priced product and it normally is.
- Hit the buy button and it will usually tell you the total cost of the item if you wish to pay for the purchase in one payment.
- Don’t be impressed when it says you can make “3 easy payments.”
Your item won’t cost $100.00, $60.00 or even $50.00, but under $40.00.
- You can have the item delivered to you for “3 easy payments” of $19.95, But they will knock off one payment and you will only have to make “2 easy payments of $19.95.
- By the time you add up the 2 easy payment amounts, add in the shipping and handling, the product will come out to $39.90.
Remember, if you make the 2 payments on your credit card, you are also going to be paying more in finance charges.
Add all this together and you pay a lot more than the “under $40.00” advertised.
You can usually find the item locally if you take the time to investigate.
- Infomercial scams will have a product that claims to have been awarded a US patent; don’t get too excited.
You can get a patent on most anything. You just need to have an idea to improve an existing product or have an original idea.
- Some health equipment says you can lose fat and build strength at the same time.
Others use a subtle approach and some are just down right blatant about this claim.
- Product manufacturers throw around big scientific terminology, so don’t be swayed by these big words.
Again, they are infomercial scams.
are a few websites that specialize in infomercial reviews that you can
go to if you wish to find more information on a specific product. These
are posts from actual users.
For unbiased and unedited complaints,
both good and bad, on fitness and all categories of health, beauty,
money-making systems, automotive, etc, go to;
The “Workout Watchdog” in the industry of fitness.
Division of NBC TV Network – tests infomercial products marked “Does It Work?” segment.
Clients that have given unedited complaints covering all infomercial product categories.
Consumers can keep informed on infomercials products sold with the label “As Seen On TV.”
you think you have been scammed, immediately report it to your local
District Attorney and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC):
1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357 or www.ftc.gov.
No one likes to take the
time to investigate to see if they are being taken by infomercial
scams, but it will be worth your time, so you’re hard earned money isn’t
just flushed down the drain and you open yourself up to identity theft.
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