We tried to come up with a clever, funny headline for this post – but we were too depressed to be funny. We have reported for so long about acai berry scams that it takes a lot to surprise us – but this latest acai scam surprised us! We have seen the fake acai review sites, been through the fake diet blog sites and of course all the free trial scams. But creating not one – but at least two fake news networks – that is incredibly disgusting.
Health News 7 – Bringing You The Best in Fake News
We recently got an email that linked to a “new report on the Acai Berry”. The news network is Health News 7 and here is a screen shot on their “story” -
You really need to click the above image to see it full size. Here are a couple of things we want to point out -
- Site is News7Health.Com and clearly looks like a real news site.
- The reporter is shown in the photo and identified as “Health and Diet writer, Julia Miller”
- The story goes on about how the reporter was skeptical, but some free trial Acai Berry helped her lose 25 pounds in 4 weeks.
This looks like a very impressive piece. We have a news reporter who tried Acai and saw amazing weight loss. There is just one little problem – IT IS ALL MADE UP!
Exposing News7Health.Com for the Scam It Is
The site looked strange to us and we had never heard of News 7 Health – so we decided to read more news stories from the site. We started clicking on the links on the top of the page – things like US, World, Business, Politics, etc – they are all dead links! This is a completely made up news site that uses affiliate links to try to trick people into buying a “free trial acai product” that will actually cost you $90 a month!
Don’t Be Disgusted Yet – It Only Gets Worse
I hope you have more disgust and outrage inside you – because it only gets worse! We did a little digging on the internet and we found this site -
Again, click the above image to get the full disgusting view. Wow, looks like there is another “news network” called Health News 6. Guess what, they also did a story where their reporter took Acai and lost tons of weight. Let’s get a close up of these competing Health Reporters from New 6 Health and News 7 Health -
Wow – not only did Julia Miller lose weight by taking Acai – she also completely changed her appearance! Acai really is Amazing!
Stock Photos Allow Anyone To Create Their Own News Network!
These scammers are so lazy that they don’t even make an effort to cover their tracks anymore. Why bother changing the fake reporters name – just throw in a different stock photo. If one fake news site makes you money, then 10 fake news sites will make you more money.
The Evolution of Acai Scam – Making the Jump From Deception to Flat Out Fabrication
Unfortunately, Acai scams are not new – we have been exposing them for over 2 years. What is so disturbing with this one is the jump from deception to fabrication. The “old” acai scam was to mislead people into thinking they were getting a free trial of Acai. Buried at the bottom of the Terms of Service, in font too small to read, was the fact that you will be autobilled $90 every month. This is completely deceptive, but the scammers try to walk the line claiming everything is there if people just read the Terms of Service.
This new scam does not walk any lines – it flat out lies and fabricates. Julia Miller is not a health reporter, in fact she is not even real! She is whatever stock photo they can find for their site. The News 7 Health or News 6 Health sites – also not real. Just fake facades for someone selling Acai. Of course the comments, testimonials and before and after pictures – all made up. I guess the scammers were not stealing enough money by deceiving, so they had to evolve into full out fabrication mode.
FTC – You Need to Take Action – NOW!
We uncovered this scam in about 5 minutes. To our fine hard working friends at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – how about you spend a few hours building a case against these guys? These scams are costing Americans millions of dollars a year. Could there be more deceptive advertising than this?
Drop us a comment, let us know what you think. Are you as outraged as us?
View The Scam In Action With This Video
Help Us Get The Word Out on This Acai Scam
The more people who know the truth about Health News 6 and Julia Miller – the less people who will fall victim to the scam. Let’s get the word out and let everyone know about this. Please link to this article, put it on your FaceBook page, Tweet about it – do whatever you can to make sure people know that this is scam. We really appreciate your help!
Update on Julia Miller Scams and The Quest for Real Acai (3/31/10)
Since we published this article on 3/12 we have had an incredible response. Thank you to everyone who has linked to this article, together we have helped thousands of people find out about the Julia Miller scam before they wasted their money. There is still more work to be done, we have seen the scammers start to change Julia Miller’s name – but we will keep after them.
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Update on Even More Disgusting Acai Berry Scam (4/29/10)
Just when you think these Acai scammers can not get any lower… they do! Take a look at our post on the Denise Randall US Medical Journal Acai Scam – it is so bad you really need to see it to believe it!
Update The Fake News Acai Scams Keep on Going (12/3/10)
Thank you for all the incredible comments! We have had hundreds of comments on this post and appreciate everybody spreading the word so we can stop people for falling for these scams. Over the last few months, we have seen the scammers use a number of different fake news sites and fake health reporters – here is a partial list:
Other Fake Health Reporters and News Sites:
- News 6 Reports and Jane Clark Health Reporter
- Sharon Smith at Weekly Consumer Digest (WCD)
- Cindy Anderson USHealthNews or USA Health News
- Health and Diet writer, Alice Carlson of C1 Health News
- Helen Cohen, Weekly Health News and WeeklyHealth News Health and Diet Reporter
- Julie Ayers Channel 5 Health News
- News 10 Reporter
Go ahead and read the fine print at the bottom of those sites, you will see the stories are fictional, they are not affiliated with any news network and the “free trial” will cost you hundreds of dollars a month!
If you have seen other names used for this Acai scam, please let us know by leaving a comment. The more we can let people know about all these fake health news reporters, the better the chances of stopping innocent people from falling for these scams.