Gleaming Teeth Scam

BEWARE! Scammers are targeting any self conscious feelings you have toward your teeth! Do you want beautiful bicuspids like Bullock? Marvelous masticators like Mullally? How about desirable dentition like DeGeneres or wondrous  pearly whites like Winfrey? The scammers at Gleaming Teeth are, quite literally BANKING on it!

In addition to celebrity testiphonials from the ladies above, they’ve followed the current trend of adding FAKE product placements on Shark Tank.

Dealing with Gleaming Teeth scammers will feel like PULLING TEETH!

Everyone wants a winning smile, which is why it makes for such a good scam product. The scammer offers a miracle cure, makes the customer feel inadequate, and watches the cash roll in. Gleaming Teeth is no different from the rest. CelebriCHECK took an in depth look at their scam so that you can make an informed decision about the product and find a better solution for your needs.

The bogus Shark Tank story:

 

Wait… how do you convince the Sharks that your “$0” product is a sound investment?

The first thing you might notice, if you’ve found yourself face-to-face with a scam advertisement before, is that those two women look awfully familiar. “Anna and Samantha Martin” appear as the cover girls for Shark Tank themed ads ranging from face cremes to weight loss drugs. They’re actually Rachelle Hyde and Kara Haught, and they were featured on Shark Tank for their swim line Raising Wild. You can learn more about them and their story HERE.

After that, the story of the two women follows a verbatim track of other scams investigated by CelebriCHECK. The only thing to change is the scam brand name and, if the scammers remember, the text that identifies product type (these guys remembered).

The story closes with CelebriCHECK’s most frequently seen Shark Tank image – the cake Sharks. Anytime this image comes across our desks, it’s tied to a superlative celebration. In this case, “the pair are the first contestants in the show’s long duration to ever receive a standing ovation and offers of investment from all five panel members. The sisters said they celebrated the success with champagne and cake when the episode wrapped.” If the Sharks actually worked through that cake every time it was used in a scam, ABC would need to buy the Sharks a MUCH bigger tank.

Celebrity testiphonials:

The Gleaming Teeth scammers use a number of famous female celebrities for their marketing. To be fair, they all have great teeth. That doesn’t excuse our scammers for using these images to push their trashy tooth goo.

If stealing celebrity smiles wasn’t enough, the scammers went so far as to actually put words in their mouths with testiphonials. The fake endorsements are pretty run of the mill and devoid of the typical spelling errors or failure to update the quote to the correct scam product… until you get to Sandra Bullock.

I have a hectic schedule and I don’t have a lot of time to devote to dental routines. That’s why I love Gleaming Teeth! Just a few minutes and it keeps my smile shinning.

shin /ʃɪn/ verb – climb quickly up or down by gripping with one’s arms and legs.

I’ve only ever seen one instance of a “smile shinning” and that was from the movie Mulan (see right).

The Scam:

Gleaming Teeth scammers follow the typical “Free Sample” approach to scamming.

Step 1: You sign up for a “Free Sample.” You pay shipping (and give them your credit card details) and they send your sample.

Step 2: In 45 days, they refill your order on a subscription basis. They also charge you for your “free sample” because you’ve opted into the subscription by virtue of not cancelling the you didn’t know you had. Current retail price: $200 per unit.

Step 3: They continue to mail you for $200 every month until you can figure out how to cancel.

Typically, these scams are very tough to cancel, as the phone number changes periodically and is manned for limited daily hours. If you DO reach out to them within the first 45 days to cancel, you’re still paying for that first box ($200). Why? The fine print only allows a return of unopened merchandise. And if you haven’t opened it, congratulations! But why did you order this scammy product in the first place?

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