Scamnesty 2011: After years of being overweight, Viv Hamilton from Exeter came across a website promoting a new berry that would help her slim down without exercise.
The site included lots of quotes from satisfied customers and before-and-after photos. It offered a free 30-day trial of the berry extract in pill form – she just needed to pay £3.95 postage. Viv entered her credit card details.
More money lost
After 10 days, she received the trial pills. She took them for a month, but they had no effect. Then more pills arrived. On her credit card statement, she saw she had been billed the initial £3.95 plus £75 for the next month’s supply. She tried contacting the company to ask for a refund but her calls and emails went unanswered. She never got a penny back and had to cancel her card.
This example of a ‘miracle health cure’ scam is fictional, but based on actual cases. The Office of Fair Trading is highlighting how scams like this happen during Scamnesty 2011.
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