Linda Aguirre called me back in May when an online retailer charged her debit card $88 when she’d only signed up for a free trial of its Acai Berry supplements. Watch the Acai Berry investigation here.
We told you then that the Connecticutt AG’s office was investigating many of the companies. Well today, the Texas AG settled a lawsuit against an Arlington company doing the exact same thing.
As a part of the settlement, FXSupplements.com, also doing business as AcaiBerryMaxx.com, has agreed… among other things… to stop selling the Acai Berry supplements in Texas.
As a general rule, you should stay away from these “free trial offers” online that require credit card information.
I got this email from a viewer named Howard that just shows it’s not just the Acai Berry that uses these tactics to get your money:
“I have been the victim of an Internet scam and I am furious. Plus, I want to be sure the public is alerted to the underhanded dealings of these crooks.
It’s a “teeth whitening” scam where they start charging your credit card once you have signed up for the free sample.
Yes, they do give you notice, buried way down in the fine print of the terms, but their basic business plan is to gull consumers who don’t read all the fine print.
By the way, their ads appear on Google and Yahoo, which is how I got sucked in.
Thanks for letting me vent, hope you can help.”
If you believe you have been deceived by similar fraudulent business practices call the Office of the Attorney General’s toll-free complaint line at (800) 252-8011 or file a complaint online at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.