Acai (pronounced as a-sigh-ee), is a Brazilian fruit which is currently attracting the attention of all health conscious individuals worldwide. And where there is a potential of sale, there is always the possibility of a scam!
So what is the story? Acai berry has been naturally propagated to contain Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. These are essential to good health in human beings. They also have certain antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. In reality the popularity of Acai berry is a beautifully crafted marketing strategy, which practically has positioned this fruit in all consumable forms, not only as a panacea for all ills, but also as ‘the number one super food in the world'! Courtesy of Dr. Nicholas Perricone, who via his book, The Perricone Promise, has popularized the inherent qualities of this fruit beyond the brightest imaginations of any marketing mogul.
Imagine, if you were to get the benefit of all the enlisted properties, just by consuming an Acai Berry pill or juice, what would you say...?
- Support the immune system
- Increase energy & stamina
- Aid in weight loss
- Improve digestion
- Reduce pain and soreness
- Promote healthy sleep
- Fight cancer & disease
- Increase libido
- Protect against heart disease
- Lower blood pressure
- Fight aging & inflammation
Unbelievable, right? And what else is needed when the book is discussed in an Oprah Winfrey show along with the author? The result: a catapulting demand for products which contain this wonder fruit.
The expected short supply after the marketing and publicity blitzkrieg has encouraged individuals with questionable credentials to sell fake Acai berry products or scam innocent consumers with creative schemes.
The current offering which is being touted as the Acai berry scam is where one subscribes for a free sample. This is where affiliate marketing comes into play. You must have received scores of mails by now pushing the acai berry diet, acai berry lite, etc, etc. And to top it all there is a free sample being offered. Well, not all affiliates are scamsters, and the free trial offer works something like this:
When you enroll for a free sample, you need to provide your card details and other relevant details like shipping address, etc. The card is initially charged only for the shipping charges of the free sample.
Once you have received the free sample you do have the option of cancelling further renewals. The trial period is usually 14-15 days from the date of receipt of the shipment.
The cancellation page is usually available on the same website where you have enrolled for the free trial offer, alternatively there is a toll free number given where you can call and cancel the order.
The way the scam operates is:
Once you have enrolled for the free trial, the consignment itself will be delayed. This in turn ensures you have very little time to cancel the renewals.
Secondly, despite your best efforts you will be unable to find the cancellation site on the web page you ordered your free sample from.
If you are lucky and get hold of a contact number, it will be practically impossible to get in touch with one of the live agents who will assist in cancelling your renewal.
The result - auto renewal will be triggered since the trial period has expired, technically speaking. And the amount you will be charged? Well, pretty much anything the scamster has input, which can be as high as $300!
As is obvious identifying a genuine seller is of paramount importance. You have to be sure of the credentials of the seller before you sign up for the free trial and know the amount you will be charged if you continue beyond the free trial and what is the quantity you will get for that amount of money.
The cancellation policy and the web page allowing you to cancel should be available as a link or on the page you have enrolled for the product. The toll free numbers should be prominently displayed and you should try and reach them before you sign up for the free trial, this will give you an indication of how easy or difficult it is to get through to them.
The berry by itself is a reality but obviously, there are some people out there with questionable ethics only wanting to make easy and quick money and these people, you should definitely avoid!