Weight Loss scam victims report that they gave credit card numbers for a “free” trial offer of acai (pronounced a-sigh-EE) berry products and ended up with unauthorized charges for acai products they never ordered.
Others claim that these supposed diet products are marketed with fake claims that they are endorsed by Oprah, Rachel Ray or other trusted celebrities.
Some claim that many of the “after” photos on these fake weight-loss, diet supplement and Acai Berry related blogs are just stock photos of models.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is warning consumers about “fake blogs, fake endorsements, fishy science, and hard-to-cancel credit card transactions,” all related to acai berry products.
According to Peggy Rowland on Blisstree:
“Even though acai berries are supposed to be the new, exotic super antioxidants, there’s no evidence to support any weight loss claims. Nor is there evidence to support other “magic powers” of the acai berry: cleaning colons or enhancing sexual desire. If you’re thinking of giving someone your credit card number to cover shipping for a free trial of the powerful acai berry pills, think again. They go by many names, but suspect them all.”
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Lipoban, which sold for about $60 per bottle, was marketed as miracle weight supplement that actually absorbs fat. Frank Sarcona of West Palm Beach made about $10 million on Lipoban, and millions more on other weight loss, diet and health supplement products.
Instead of losing weight, Lipoban buyers simply lost their money… and scammer Frank Sarcona has now lost his freedom.
The 58-year-old Frank Sarcona was convicted of 29 felony counts regarding his “Lipoban” product
According to a CBS4 story:
“A West Palm Beach man who promised miracle weight supplement in a bottle has been sentenced to two decades in federal prison.
Last October, 58-year-old Frank Sarcona was convicted of 29 felony counts regarding his “Lipoban” product which purported to absorb fat.
“Sarcona had faced up to 33 years in prison, but during a sentencing hearing on Friday, Judge Kenneth Marra showed leniency with a 20 year sentence. Sarcona’s attorney has vowed to appeal it.
“Though Sarcona made about $10 million on Lipoban, and millions more on other products, his attorney argued he didn’t financially ruin any victims. Lipoban cost about $60 a bottle.
“Sarcona has received up to 13 state or federal cease-and-desist orders since 1984. He allegedly formed Lipoban just months after cutting a deal with the Federal Trade Commission regarding another supplement.”
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