While I was watching a video on YouTube, I glanced at the suggested videos in the right column and spotted one featuring Dr. Oz’s photo and a claim of a “Miracle Wrinkle” treatment. What I found was a brazen scam that managed to weave in a BUNCH of celebities! Dr. Oz does NOT sell, promote, or endorse DermaGlo.
DO NOT purchase this product based on these FAKE celebrity endorsements!
So, I clicked on the video preview and landed on a YouTube channel home page that used Ellen DeGeneres’ photo in their header art. Not cool! I mean, Ellen is cool, but using her photo to plug a crappy product is NOT COOL!
I watched the video of a woman applying the goo to the skin around her eyes, and fanning said goo dry with a piece of paper, and admiring her own personal “wrinkle miracle” – then I clicked the link to see what other little surprises this scammer had in store.
Lo and behold – a wealth of celebrities! The screenshot of Oprah at the top of this post was at the top of the page and accompanied by the “My Favorite Things” language that so many people associate with Oprah. I suspect having her photo used by scammers is NOT one of her FAVORITE THINGS.
This scammer went above and beyond – posting “before & after” photos of Demi Moore, Goldie Hawn, and Martha Stewart.
THE POWER OF PHOTOSHOP
Scammers being scammers, you can’t trust the photos they post any more than you can the prose the toiled over to convince consumers how brilliant their product is.
This the “before” photo of Demi Moore – pretty, but a bit more wrinkled than we’re accustomed to seeing her, no? Now, take a look at the original photo of Moore – before the scammers worked their
REVERSE MIRACLE on her face and created wrinkles.
It’s pretty easy to create “miracles” with Photoshop.
The way I see it, if your product is any good, you’ll have REAL evidence to show consumers and you won’t feel the need to resort to these underhanded tactics.
Speaking of underhanded tactics, check out these FABRIQUOTES (never-uttered quotes created by scammers and attributed to celebrities).
“I looked 10 years younger in literally weeks! Dr. Oz literally saved my acting career!” – Demi Moore
“This is the anti aging miracle of the decade as far as I’m concerned.” – Martha Stewart
“Getting older is rough for an actress. I feel like a new woman! Thanks Dr. OZ!” – Goldie Hawn
They don’t stop there though, there are also TESTIPHONIALS (phony testimonials) from “real people” just like you and me!
Unfortunately for them, these “Facebook Comments” are actually created using pirated Facebook accounts of real people, and they are suffering the consequences. They’re being inundated with Facebook Messages to their personal accounts from people who want the inside scoop from someone who actually tried the product.
But they DIDN’T TRY THE PRODUCT and they’re sick of being bombarded.
Poor “Tohloria Lewis” has had her likeness associated with everything from hair loss and weight loss to anti-wrinkle and God only knows what else. She’s so fed up she made a post on her Facebook page saying, “…if ONE MORE PERSON send me this picture! Ima SCREAM! I HAVEN’T TRIED CREAMS, PILLS, SHAKES, ETC!!!!!!!!! I’ve been SMALL ALLLLLLLLLLLLLL MY LIFE literally. I really wish I can make it stop! Unfortunately I CAN’T TILL I GET AN ATTORNEY… whom ever is doing this STEALS MY PICTURES!!!!!!!! To make it seem like it’s really me! This is not ME! Nor my comment!! Thanks.”
THE EXPENSIVE “FREE TRIAL” OFFER
Then, of course, comes the reason why scammers create all these lies in the first place — YOUR MONEY!
This page pushes their FREE TRIAL at every opportunity and, when you land on the order page, you’ll find a simple order form at the top. They ask for your name, address and contact information and, of course, your credit card details so they can charge you the $4.95 shipping charge.
BUT, at the very bottom of the page, in a place they never expect you to look, are their Terms & Conditions and that is where they bury their DIRTY LITTLE SECRET. Here’s what it says:
“By placing your trial order today you’ll be shipped a 30 day supply of DermaGlo Ageless Moisturizer for $4.95 S&H. All products ship within 1 business day and deliver within 2-4 days from shipment. Try it for 18 days (14 day trial plus 4 days added for shipping) to experience the benefits and if for any reason our product is not for you, you may call our Customer Service toll-free at 888-528-4117 anytime within your 18 day trial period to cancel. If you are satisfied, do nothing and you agree to be charged $89.93 at the conclusion of the 18 day trial. Plus you agree to be enrolled in our DermaGlo Preferred Membership Program and approximately 30 days from the conclusion of your trial we will send you a fresh 30-day supply of DermaGlo Anti-Aging Skin Cream and automatically bill you $89.93 (plus $4.95 shipping and handling). You may cancel your enrollment by calling 888-528-4117. Limit 1 trial bottle per household.”
So, THEY HAVE YOUR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION BECAUSE YOU JUST GAVE IT TO THEM FOR THE SHIPPING CHARGE, and now, just 18 days after you hit “send” on the “free trial” order form, your card will be hit for $89.93 to pay for the “FREE” bottle.
Then, if you didn’t catch it on your credit card bill and you still don’t cancel, they’ll bill you for another $94.88 30 days after that and so on every 30 days until you cancel.
It’s a lie on top of a lie on top of a deception – JUST DON’T DO IT!
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