Açaí scammersThis article was originally published in Foodnews
THE USA’s Federal Trade Commission has been clamping down on scam websites peddling açaí products at inflated prices, with bogus claims made for the products. Neil Murray writes: Six different companies have been collectively fined USD500 000 because their advertisements broke federal laws. The standard format for such websites was to buy advertising space on reputable sites which, when clicked upon, redirected customers to fake news sites extolling the benefits of açaí supplements. These fake sites then contained clickable links which led buyers to sites selling the supplements at vastly inflated prices. In addition, consumers found that in many instances, their credit cards continued to be charged for supplies of the products even though they had requested that no more be delivered. Açaí pills and supplements are being misleadingly sold in the US as products that help one lose weight. While there is evidence to support the cardiovascular health benefits of açaí generally, there is no scientific evidence to prove that they are weight-loss products.