ACAI BERRY ONLINE SCAM!!! Don’t be fooled by the “free trial offer” – it’s NOT FREE at all! If you’ve spent any time online, you’ve probably seen them: the ads for diet products made with the trendy berry açai. But you may want to think twice about signing up for one of these diets. The consumer advocacy group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, is warning that not only are the diets questionable, many are offered through an online scam. There’s no evidence whatsoever that diet pills made with açai (pronounced a-sigh-EE) will help flatten tummies, cleanse colons, enhance sexual desire, or perform any of the other commonly advertised functions, the CSPI warns in a news release Monday. What’s more, many of these pills are offered through “free, risk-free” 14-day trial offers that are really part of a scheme called “negative option” advertising. The companies offer samples of the products but then charge the customer’s credit card month after month unless the consumer cancels the order. “Law enforcement has yet to catch up to these rogue operators. Until they do, consumers have to protect themselves.” The Better Business Bureau in the US released a statement this January warning consumers to be wary of website offering acai berry-related weight loss products, saying it has received “thousands” of complaints from consumers. In many cases, when customers try to contact the company and cancel their subscriptions, they are forced to sit for more than an hour on hold. Additionally, some consumers have complained of unauthorized charges on their

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