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2 Simple Tricks: The Weight Loss SCAM ...

The Set-Up: You notice an ad online (targeted in my case, tisk tisk Google), or over the radio airwaves (shame on you Cathy Hughes) purporting this belly fat/weight loss/colon cleanse for weight loss miracle worker. They take time to compassionately insult you; your lifestyle, your "repulsive figure" and let you know that the wait is over (yes, Rihanna) ... added, with no change in diet or activity.

Free or Risk-Free: The biggest eye-catching tool is to drop the F-word; FREE! Their product is so efficient that they're going to let me try it free, knowing I'll be back - how reassuring. Even to the one always seeking a hook-up, this is an opportunity to get something free and then just cancel. If it were only that simple ... touché .

Limited Time or the First x Amount of Callers: Urgency is another attention-grasping marketing element. You feel like an insider upon finding a nice deal or better yet, something of no cost before it reverts back to full value. Sort of how I felt when I got Sarah Palin's "Going Rogue" for a limited time offer of 40% off, called everyone who paid full price "suckers" ... read it, and wanted those few hours of my life back. Fact is, these ads aren't monitored in response times. If they say you have 5 mins remaining ... refresh the page or call the next day and the offer/scam will still likely be there. Online, the clocks are rigged to go super slow towards the last few minutes ... lol ... 1 second morphs into 10.

What "THEY" Don't Want You To Know About: A corny radio spot, is gong to reveal to little 'ole me - something the government doesn't want me to know about? How kind of you Kevin Trudeau. I am about to be the most enlightened woman in the U.S., who was just a moment ago singing along to 'Single Lades' (FYI my man 'liked it'). Listen, if the government didn't want you to know about it ... you wouldn't. *looks over shoulders*

Exclusive: There's another tactic online that requires you to fill out a questionnaire to see if you qualify. You answer average queries, to be told "Congratulations!". You're of the selected few who made the cut to use our exclusive item. It's so powerful, we can't give it to everyone. Oh, this is also often baited with an incentive to actually pay you $1,500 as a tester. Which in turn requires you to hand over shipping fees, first.

Shipping: I'm goin' in! You're sold and notified that you will only be responsible for small shipping and handling charges (could've sworn you said it was free). At this point, you'll witness a range of $5.95-$9.99 charged to your account, and that's okay. Now you wait, and by the time you receive your 1 rule/2 trick package - there's another charge to your account. For the full price of the product this time ... upwards of $80, thanks to the automated renewal. Your "free trial" period begins the day you place the order, not the time you actually receive the product.

Fine Print: You're mad, confused even ... but the fine print (and it's minuscule alright) - outlines the validity and timing of these new, or to your understanding, premature charges.

The Cancellation Number: Many of these companies have a separate number to cancel your mistake (I mean order). Some reportedly with hold times of up to an hour long! This is definitely one of those - charge your cell while you talk, situations. Don't think about trying to be slick and call the enrollment number to cancel ... they will answer rapidly, just to transfer you back to the daunting cancellation line. At this time, expect rude customer service and attacks on your intelligence - because you didn't read the fine print. You know, that fine print overshadowed by bright greens and purples and cascades of ripped abs. Or that disclaimer quickly spewed to you as you're driving in your car, trying to get in on the steal (literally, unbeknownst to you).

Fine[r] Print: So you've cancelled, may have gotten one of the charges reversed. And working on placing a block on the company in regards to your bank or credit account. All is well, considering. Then you see another egregious charge from a new suspicious entity! In the finer print, during your enrollment you also signed up for a bogus free trial lifestyle management/support service operated by the same company, but through an alias or sister division. Repeat "The Cancellation Number".

Damage Control: After Oprah's lawsuit and others that followed over false sponsorship of açaí items this year, it's getting trickier to discover new ways to reel people in. They're playing role-reversal, almost ... a 'reporter' exposing açaí products. The 'reporter' ordered her free trial and towards the end supported it concluding her investigation. Albeit, in the exact same format of those fake blogs. In addition, when scams related to weight loss items are posted by consumers on public forums (i.e. ripoffreport.com), the same "it worked for me/I didn't have any problems" posts are basically copy and pasted as a reply in the sea of angered complaints.

I think I shared before how I had little sympathy for Madoff victims (dodges stones) ... as in, you're expecting unrealistic returns on little to no work ... a free trial and a few simple tricks to weight loss? ... #comeonson. If a product had so much merit it would sell itself. They wouldn't have to play these games, no? Before you drop moulah or headaches on an overpriced laxative, loosely regulated supplement or megashake (Nutty Professor) ... I've got 2 simple tricks ...

1. Eat Clean
2. Get Moving

... now that was free, no really ... lol ~PC