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Scam Alert: Garcinia Cambogia Free Trial
In the past three years, no diet supplement has been getting more buzz than Garcinia Cambogia.
It all began in November 2012, when famous TV doctor Dr. Oz declared that Garcinia Cambogia was a miracle weight loss supplement. This was what made Garcinia Cambogia popular.
Since that time, thousands of Garcinia Cambogia pills have been sold all around the globe by various weight loss supplement makers. The desperation to lose weight that many people have leads them to sign up for free trial offers and make manufacturers millions. All for the powdery extract of an odd looking fruit from Asia.
Sadly, the Garcinia Cambogia free trial offers left a nasty stain on the reputation of the industry as a whole. The manufacturers trap the desperate dieters in the free trials and then run up hundreds of dollars on their credit card accounts.
If you’ve found this article, then you’re in luck. Keep reading and you’ll learn everything that you need to be informed of about these free trial offer scams and how you can avoid getting sucked in.
How do they suck you into the free trial scam?
All of the free trials for Garcinia Cambogia works in the same general way. It all begins with you hearing about this new miracle diet pill somewhere online. You’re then intrigued enough to look more into it – perhaps you Google search it. A few reviews later and you’re sold on it. You then find yourself on the official site of the manufacturer. And so the scam begins…
This official site is comprised of fancy looking banners that subconsciously trap you into purchasing the product.
Initially, these banners will be directing you towards a kind of trial, often a “free trial”. In other cases, it’s called a “risk-free trial”. Such deceptive marketing…
After that, the site will make you enter the usual details (name, e-mail address, phone number) to get your free trial. At this point, the site won’t you’re your credit card information. You can still get out, but if you haven’t read this article, you won’t.
And once you register your contact information into the
free trial scam form, then you’ll be required to pay via credit card. So much for a free trial… Often times, the maker will show you a price on your form and then cut that price down to just a couple dollars. It’ll most likely be $4.99 or something very close. The form informs you that this cost is for shipping and handling.
By this point, the form still looks innocent and it really appears that you’re getting a great deal. “Wow, a free trial of this amazing pill for just 5 dollars to ship it!” That perception is to lure you into submitting your credit card information and agreeing to their legally binding terms of service.
So while it may look innocent enough, the payment form is where they get you. As with a business contract, you’ll likely see something in tiny fine print at the bottom of the payment form page. Another method of deception that the maker does is often make the font a light color so that you hardly notice it when you’re going through the form.
This message in fine print will most likely look something like this:
“By registering for Best GC Weight Loss Capsule, you’re agreeing to our Terms of Service.”
You’ll either see these “Terms of Service” listed on the payment form page, or they’ll direct you to some other page to read them. And guess what, they know that most internet users never actually read the Terms of Service.
This gives the company the confidence to include a bogus clause like this in their Terms of Service:
“By buying Best GC Weight Loss Capsule, you’re agreeing to a risk-free 21 day trial. That trial will arrive to your mailbox within 3-5 business days. You have 14 days from the date of order to test the product and assess its benefits. If you like your free trial, then no action is required on your part. After the 21 day trial period is over, you will automatically be signed up for our Best GC Weight Loss Capsule Membership Program. You will be charged $99.99 for the full-sized trial you already received. Then, 30 days from your initial date of purchase, you’ll be charged an additional $99.99 plus $4.99 shipping and handling.”
If you think that’s bad, there are other sites that have a much longer list of Terms and Conditions that include a bunch of legalese. This is used to overwhelm you and often times just make you stop reading (if you even are reading).
No matter what they do, what happens is all the same:
— You register for a “free” trial of Garcinia Cambogia and pay a simple fee of $4.99 for S&H.
— That “free” trial will no longer be free after 2-4 weeks and your credit card will be charged the entire cost for the trial.
— Unless you cancel, the maker will keep sending you the Garcinia Cambogia pills every month. And of course, you’ll keep being charged for them.
Can’t I just cancel and avoid the charges?
Well, yes, you are able to cancel and the manufacturer makes sure you know that you can cancel at any time. How? They tell you to contact their “amazing” or “friendly” or “state of the art” customer service reps. The maker’s site will most likely give you a toll-free phone number to call to contact them.
Sounds easy, right? Wrong. It’s actually the exact opposite and will probably be a more frustrating experience than getting your license renewed at the DMV (Americans know what I mean).
Clearly, the maker doesn’t want you to cancel. They want to make their money off of your assumed ignorance. Because of this, they’ll pull out all the stops to prevent you from cancelling. Beware of these tactics that their “state of the art” customer service rep will utilize to stop your cancellation request:
— Keeping you on hold for a ridiculously and unnecessarily long time.
— Trying to frustrate you by unnecessarily forwarding your call to other extensions.
— Charging you for return shipping and handling, among other bogus “cancellation costs”.
— Attempting to sell you on some other weight loss pill product made by the manufacturer. Don’t fall for this, as it will be another scam.
The headache doesn’t end there, however. Even if your cancellation has been processed, the company will keep harassing you through phone and e-mail, since your records still exist in their database. You will get e-mails and phone calls trying to sell you products and other free trial scams Even after you cancel, your email address and phone number are still in that company’s database. This can go on for months, or even years, following your cancellation.
Unfortunately, it may not end there either. If the manufacturer you signed up with is a special kind of scumbag, they will continue charging your credit card even after you cancel. Remember, just like your e-mail address and phone number, your credit card information still exists in their database. Nothing stops them from continuing to charge you. If this happens, you’ll have to call them up again and deal with the same crap that they gave you when you called to cancel.
The Scam Doesn’t Start When You Sign Up on the Manufacturer’s Official Site
I hate to inform you that the Garcinia Cambogia diet supplement scam doesn’t begin when you go to the official site. It starts much earlier than that.
What I’m going to tell you about now are affiliate systems. Garcinia Cambogia manufacturers use these systems to incentivize people to write good reviews about their products online. In case you’re unaware, this is the process of how these systems work:
— A person registers for the manufacturer’s affiliate system because they want to make some online cash.
— The Garcinia Cambogia diet supplement maker gives the affiliate a set amount of money for each conversion. Conversion means purchase of the product because of their review.
— The affiliate is only paid if a person accesses a link on the affiliate’s site to the manufacturer’s site and purchases the diet supplements there.
— Let’s say the Garcinia Cambogia pill is going for $100 for a month’s supply. A conversion for the affiliate will net them over half of that $100 price.
Want to know why Garcinia Cambogia pills cost a lot? These affiliate programs run up the costs because the manufacturers have to give the affiliate marketers a hefty sum of money to positively review the products. Without that, there will be no positive reviews of the product online because all of the real consumers were SCAMMED.
When all is said and done, you have to realize that all of those positive reviews for Garcinia Cambogia that you find online are most likely submitted by someone who has never purchased or used the product. They write good things about it to trick people into falling for the scam and intentionally or unintentionally buying the product. This nets the reviewer a nice affiliate fee.
Effective affiliate marketers can make a lot of money (tens of thousands of dollars) just by building up diet pills and scamming consumers by offering “free” trials online. You can definitely see these affiliate marketers at work when you look at the free trial offer scams for Garcinia Cambogia.
Ways to Prevent Being Scammed by Garcinia Cambogia Manufacturers
Purchase from Amazon or other reputable seller
Amazon is a great marketplace to buy your supplements from. Although it doesn’t promise that you’ll get a quality product, you are guaranteed to not be sucked into an automated payment and shipment scam. Using Amazon is a great way to try out a supplement for a month and not have to worry about being trapped in a scam. You could also find another renowned online retailer, like eBay, or even just go outside and walk to the grocery store or pharmacy.
Stay away from the official manufacturer’s site
Look, if you can only buy the diet supplement from the manufacturer’s official site, stay away. If this the only option given, that means that the manufacturer couldn’t list its product on other retailers’ sites or even on Amazon. It’s incredibly suspicious if the manufacturer can’t get its product on Amazon since it’s so easy to get listed there. It could mean a multitude of things, including that it was banned from Amazon for some reason. I repeat, STAY AWAY!
Get out of there ASAP if a list of ingredients isn’t visible
It goes without saying that most manufacturers of Garcinia Cambogia don’t want you to see the ingredients. Why? Because they don’t want you to see that their diet supplements are comprised mostly of caffeine and very trace amounts of real Garcinia Cambogia. In other words, they don’t want you to know that they are ripping you off.
Go for 60% HCA or Higher
Still want to try a Garcinia Cambogia supplement out? Alright, but ensure that it has a minimum of 60% HCA. What is HCA? It’s the source of the natural appetite suppressing and calorie killing properties of the Garcinia Cambogia compound. What I’m saying is, at least get your money’s worth.
Free is Nothing and Nothing is Free (Especially on the Internet)
It’s time for some harsh reality. You’ve probably heard this old saying many times throughout your life, I know I have. It’s true in real life and it’s especially true online and is one of the best bits of advice that you can get. You aren’t going to find a single person online who will just give you a product or service for free. They’ll want some kind of payment for it, whether that be money or something else. In the case of the Garcinia Cambogia supplements, the manufacturers get your personal info (name, phone number, e-mail address, credit card number) in return for what they call a “free” trial. And as you well know by now, it’s the farthest thing from free.
Make and Use a Throwaway E-mail Address If You Have Suspicions About a Manufacturer
If you know someone who has a lot of experience on the internet, they’ll most likely tell you that they have at least one throwaway e-mail address. What’s the point? Well, you would use this throwaway address to confirm online accounts and all of the spam would be funneled there, instead of your main e-mail. Remember when I said that the manufacturer’s site keeps your e-mail and continually sends you spam mail? If it all gets sent to a throwaway e-mail address, you won’t have to worry about it. Believe me, you don’t want your main account to get flooded with that spam garbage.
You should know that Garcinia Cambogia is supported by limited scientific evidence
Prepared to be shocked: Despite of all its miraculous claims, Garcinia Cambogia has been barely researched at all under a legitimate scientific microscope. There have been hardly any human trials as the vast majority of Garcinia Cambogia weight loss trials have been conducted on rats.
Those few and far between human trials of Garcinia Cambogia have either yielded inconclusive results or shown no noticeable weight loss in participants.
Below are some trials conducted that compare the effects of Garcinia Cambogia with a placebo:
In a 2000 study, scientists compared the effects of Garcinia Cambogia on a group of participants with the effects on a group that took a placebo. When the study was finished, the scientists found that,
“No effects of the HCA were observed on appetitive variables. The active treatment group did not exhibit better dietary compliance or significant correlations between appetitive variables and energy intake or weight change. This study does not support a satiety effect of HCA.”
Remember, HCA is the key active ingredient in Garcinia Cambogia and is responsible for the calorie killing and appetite suppressing properties of the supplements. Both of those properties were not observed in this study.
One study indicated that the participants actually lost some weight over an 8 week period, but suggested that the weight loss wasn’t really significant or noticeable. Another study came to the same conclusion.
In 2011, a very extensive and effective study on Garcinia Cambogia. This study’s objective was to look at all of the studies that have been conducted so far and come up with a summarizing conclusion. The researchers studied the conclusions of 12 previous studies and concluded themselves that taking the Garcinia Cambogia supplement will help you lose an average of only 2 pounds over 12 weeks. And while this conclusion might be promising to some, scientists were quick to stress that
“the magnitude of this effect is small, is no longer statistically significant when only rigorous RCTs are considered, and its clinical relevance seems questionable.”
Of course, that doesn’t mean you won’t lose some weight while taking Garcinia Cambogia health supplements. You might lose weight due to the placebo effect – since you think the supplement is going to work, you exercise more, eat healthy, and think positive thoughts. Ultimately, this could help you lose weight.
Science contrasts with the amazing claims made by marketers of Garcinia Cambogia. None of the lab studies conducted on these supplements have shown concrete scientific proof to support that they lead to massive weight loss in people. That said, they will help you lose some weight. But not nearly as much as the manufacturers would like you to think before buying their product.
Keep in mind that this article was written to protect you from falling for these scams. It’s up to you to be a smart person and use the above tips to spend your money wisely and not get sucked into a Garcinia Cambogia diet pill free trial scam (or any diet pill free trial scam, for that matter).