This scam, which uses Dr. Oz’s name and image without his permission, is calling their “sleep aid” Lunexia. I have no doubt they chose because it sounds like Lunesta – a real sleep aid.
DO NOT purchase this product based on these FAKE endorsements!
This scammer has designed a site that is supposed to lure visitors into thinking their on a media site. Using the “The Consumer Savings” logo and with a menu bar that has topics like finance, health, technology, and other headings one might think they’ve landed on a website and not just a sales page. BUT on closer inspection, it becomes clear that EVERY LINK leads to the purchase page for their product. That’s right – the travel link leads to the purchase page, the entertainment link leads to the purchase page, the sports link leads to… you get it.
DR. OZ’s PICTURE
SO OFTEN scammers will take a picture from a segment on the Dr. Oz Show and place it on their site with a misleading caption to steer consumers toward their product. DON’T BELIEVE IT!
<rant>I appear pretty regularly on the Dr. Oz Show where I discuss exactly this type of con. He frequently discusses new discoveries in the health sector, but rarely by name and always in a manner that is informational and not promotional. He does NOT SELL ANYTHING. PERIOD. If you see is picture on a site that’s selling anything – it is a scam. </rant>
TESTIPHONIALS – Phony Testimonials
Just because a site has testimonials and photos of happy people who have tried a product, does not mean they’re real. Take for example the heart wrenching story of “Gwen Smith,” a woman who, due to lack of sleep, lost her marriage and more. They include this quote:
“Before I got married and had children, my life was stress-free and I slept like a log almost every night. I didn’t think that caring for my kids, and my husband, and maintaining a full-time job would be so overwhelming – I felt like ‘everyone else seems to be doing it just fine, things should work out eventually…right? But things only got worse. My first husband left me for someone who ‘knows how to make time for me’ and didn’t constantly ‘bring me down by complaining about her problems – unlike you!’ This painful betrayal made me feel like a failure as a wife, and as a woman. The stress of it all made it nearly impossible to sleep at night.”
Unfortunately for these cons, I’m about to blow a hole in their story.
See the image on the right? Look familiar?
Yep. That’s “Gwen Smith”… only not really. This is a stock photo image that’s available for purchase (but was more likely stolen) at Shutterstock.com where she’s better known as, “Smiling embracing mom and daughter looking at camera.” It’s a mouthful – I can see why the cons went with Gwen.
In my book, if a site has to make up testimonials I’m not going to purchase your product.
You have to applaud their creativity! In an effort to convince you of how great this product is, they “TESTED” the product. Here’s what they claim:
“Before we wrote this feature piece on the fantastic benefits of this product, we had to make sure the science was real and not just anecdotal). We needed solid proof, so we asked for some volunteers from our staff to back up what all of these success stories were saying.
One of our hardest working employees, Stacy Jones, agreed to try this product out for a total of 12 weeks (the company was offering a free trial at the time, and 12 weeks was as much of a supply as we could get). Stacy is our paid intern, and volunteered immediately because she is a self-professed “chronic insomniac” and claims to be the most neurotic one in her circle of girlfriends.”
Now, remember, the “Feature Piece” is for “The Consumer Savings” – the site they are pretending to be.
In their post-test report, “Stacy” is quoted as saying, “Holy cow! Avinol PM is working like a charm! Even on my most stressful days, days which would usually end with me lying in bed and my mind racing until 2 or 3 in the morning, taking Avinol PM every night has me out like clockwork. And it has to be improving my sleep quality too, because when I wake up in the morning, I don’t even need to hit the ‘snooze’ button anymore.”
BUT WAIT… “Stacy” (aka “Portrait of relaxed woman holding a cup of coffee in her kitchen at her table”) is neighbors with “Gwen” (aka “Smiling embracing mom and daughter looking at camera”) – they live next door to each other in Shutterstock Land.
Well, Chris (aka “pissed off woman looking with disdain at Lunexia scam”) says don’t fall for it!
For good measure, and because you can never fake too much enthusiasm for a crappy product, the scammers have included a nice batch of Testiphonials from “Facebook” comments too. None of them are real and they were created using real PIRATED Facebook accounts. That means that real people are getting a bunch of Facebook messages from people who are asking them if they REALLY LOVE the product as much as they said on the site. And they are replying, “Huh?”
I work way too hard for my money to pass any of it over to someone who has to fabricate endorsements and testimonials to sell their lousy product. Don’t you too?
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