A recent surge in free trial offers of diet pills has led to increased consumer mistrust. A diet pill review site issues a warning to be wary of such scams.
Scottsdale, AZ -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/22/2014 -- Reportedly, more consumers than ever are falling victim to a type of scam affecting the diet pill market: the free trial scam. One diet pill review website Diet Pill Judge has spoken out about such scam and issued a warning for people to watch out.
The scam works like this: consumers are offered a free trial of a diet pill without realising they are being tied into a contract to be billed every month, usually at an astronomical rate.
This method has long been a cash cow for some unscrupulous diet pill manufacturers, with the estimated cost to the average consumer running into the billions of dollars.
One of the most famous free trial cons involved Oprah Winfrey and Acai Berry supplements. In fact, Oprah has not recommended these products at all, but the marketers used her name to make a fortune.
Thankfully, help is at hand in the form of the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) stepping in to ban the practice. Then a business owner from Canada called Jess Wilms was fined a record breaking $359 million because of her involvement with marketing these so called "free" product offers.
This has led to consumer trust increasing in the diet pill industry. However, similar offers have been popping up across the internet once more.
The issue is mainly localized to the UK where the FTC ruling does not apply. Consumers hope that the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) will step in to avoid such scams preying on unsuspecting buyers.
A Diet Pill Judge spokesperson, Karen Summers, says of the con: "This is getting out of hand in the UK and the OFT should really step in to ensure more consumers aren't misled. We strongly advise against taking out a free trial of a diet pill as there is a chance you could be added to a re-bill program without realizing it."
DietPillJudge.com is one of the leading diet pill review sites available to inform consumers of the latest news and review from the diet pill industry. They offer a free guide to avoiding free trial scams on their website.