I want you to close your eyes and think of a celebrity with a fabulous head of hair. Picture hair that leaves you oozing with jealousy… Do you have your celebrity picked? Was it Sir Patrick Stewart? No?! Mine neither. Apparently the good people at Provillus missed their mark on that scheme. Seriously, Provillus is the hair loss solution that thought photoshopping a mane on Capt. Jean-Luc Picard would have us all reaching for our wallets. But wait, there’s more!
Shifting to the total opposite side of the spectrum from Patrick Stewart, we have Beyonce Knowles being shamelessly appropriated as a celeb who owes her full head of hair to Provillus. If you’re not sold on one extreme or the other, these scammers have slapped the names of Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, Jason Statham, Hugh Laurie, and others on their website. In fairness, they don’t claim all the celebrities they picture have used Provillus; they say “countless celebrities admit they are regularly taking Provillus to avoid going bald…” and then show you a wall of celebrity faces in varying degrees of baldness. Like these guys…
Smells scammy in here…
I ticked all the typical boxes as I perused the scam page.
☑ Celebrity faces – see above.
☑ Shoddy sentence structure – “Provillus is the only c of it’s kind where the user benefits the more he takes.
☑ Fake publication endorsements – see the bar above Patrick Stewart’s images
☑ Disproportionate use of “amazing” “miracle” “breakthrough” “ultimate” – 13 occurrences
☑ Facebook testiphonials section – so many fake positive reviews my index figure hurts from scrolling down! Impressively, clicking on their names takes you to… the Provillus ordering page!
I noticed something oddly familiar while looking for scam indicators. No, not Patrick Stewart’s face. Something in the caption under his name…
Biocilium. That’s the bastard. CelebriCHECK has dealt with that name before! It seems that the good folks at Provillus have recycled their serum and rebranded. Seriously though, there is a very good chance that whether you buy Provillus or Biocilium it’s the exact same BS in a bottle. Nevertheless, it’s just lazy to reuse your scam materials without updating your captions.
Provillus has launched the same old auto-renewal “free trial” scam that we seem to be writing about all the time. According to their Terms & Conditions, you get a free trial bottle. At the end of your 30 day trial period, if you haven’t cancelled, you’re charged for the free bottle. Additionally, you’ve continued to opt in to their monthly refill subscription. I would tell you just how much that’s going to cost you, but Provillus does not list their product cost ANYWHERE on the site! Impressively, Provillus has totally skipped the Terms section on cancellation. Typically you have to call a rarely-manned customer service number listed in the conditions. It’s fairly safe to assume Provillus is running the same scam, but with even more frustration.