After many months of non-action, the FTC announced a new lawsuit (see below) will be filed on Monday against a company behind many of the Acai Berry Scams that are ripping off so many consumers looking for help with their weight loss battles.
Unfortunately, the announcement scheduled for monday is about a SINGLE COMPANY! Yes, it is better than the nothing the FTC has been doing to protect consumers, and we are hopeful that it will send a message to others that they are finally waking up to the battle.
But don't expect the scammers to give up overnight. In the last significant blow of this battle, Visa cancelled the accounts of Acai Berry Scammers. They went after about 100 companies that process the fraudulent charges. But that action didn't noticeably slow down the scammers, so we don't really think this puny action will do much either.
This article on AcaiBerrySite.com will be following the action and keeping all appraised of the effectiveness of the FTC in combatting the scams.
FTC to Announce Action Against Internet Marketers of Acai Berry Weight-Loss Pills and "Colon Cleansers"
Millions of consumers who are anxious to lose weight or prevent cancer have seen the ads: “…USE WITH CAUTION! Major weight loss in short periods of time may occur,” or “detoxify your organs,” and break down and remove “toxic waste matter which may have been stuck in the folds and wrinkles of your digestive system for years and years.” Come and learn from the victims themselves what the “free” trials of these products have cost, and how the Federal Trade Commission and the business community are taking action.
||The Federal Trade Commission will hold a press conference on Monday, August 16, 2010, at 10 a.m., to announce a lawsuit against a company that marketed acai berry weight-loss supplements and “colon cleansing” supplements by promising consumers “free” trials of the products.
||David C. Vladeck, Director, FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection Martin Elliott, Senior Business Leader, Payment System Risk, Visa Inc. Two consumers who lost money on “free” trial offers promised by this company.
||Monday, August 16, 2010, 10 a.m. (The room will be open 30 minutes early for media set up.)
||Federal Trade Commission, Midwest Region
55 West Monroe Street, Suite 1825
Call-in Information: The toll-free phone number in the U.S. and Canada is (866) 363-9013, the confirmation number is 94253184, and the chairperson is Gail Kingsland. The lines, which are for media only, will open at 9:45 a.m. CST. Please reference the confirmation number when joining the call.
||FTC Office of Public Affairs