Review: Garcinia Cambogia, The Newest “Diet” Scam on Facebook

I usually try to ignore the advertisements on Facebook, but this one caught my eye a while back:

kelly

Notice the wording and syntax in the ad. It’s obviously not aimed at middle-aged men. The use of the hyperbolic “tons” and the pleonastic “super fast” makes me want to throw up… because it reminds me of when I was a teenager and I was told that I could throw up food and it was a “super fast” way to lose a “ton” of weight by one of the girls on my cheerleading squad. I’m guessing young women are intended demographic (i.e. attractive white girl, fun colored hair, bright pink bubble, “crazy skinny,” etc.)

The ad seems to point you to “yogamixalot.com.” Ok, so I’m gleaning that Kelly Osbourne (who I think looks great, by the way) used this unknown product that may have something to do with a yoga program, and she lost a lot of weight without having to change her diet.

Clicking on the advertisement lead me to what looked like a Women’s Health Magazine article on Garcinia Cambogia extract and something called the Raspberry Keytone Diet.

This is a screenshot from the yogamixalot site on October 2nd:

looks a little like it's an article, or at least an actual cleared "advertisement article" from Women's Health Magazine. It's not.

It looks a little like it’s an article, or at least an actual cleared “advertisement article” from Women’s Health Magazine.

The page features a reporter and writer named Hannah Richards who “recently put an emerging diet trend to the test. We had to see for ourselves what this diet was all about.”

Here’s a picture of Hannah, the reporter from Women’s Health:

Meet Hannah Richards, everyone!

Meet Hannah Richards, everyone!

Ms. Richards reports that these pills are the most amazing thing she’s ever taken, despite the fact that she’s a reporter and, apparently, a sceptic. She only became a believer after her results took her by surprise. Her “real” results are that she lost 18 lbs in one month without changing her daily routine. She didn’t have to work out or change the way she ate. She describes the results as “consistent.” Hannah also says her skin now looks amazing and she feels incredible. She’s down to 121 lbs and feels like she did back in college!

Thank goodness, Hannah posts her own “actual” before and after pictures:

Their words, not mine: "Hannah's actual pictures."

Their words, not mine: “Hannah’s Actual Pictures.”

Yikes, that looks like a lot more than an 18 lb weight loss, Hannah. Are you being humble about your accomplishment or was your stomach filled with hot air before Garcinia Cambogia popped it?

Wait a minute. Does Hannah look a little different to you?

before and after

Before and After?

Oh, I didn’t mean there. I mean, yeah, sure. There too. These before and after photos are probably not the same woman and have most likely been photoshopped.

I mean here and here:

That's quite a tan you've acquired, Hannah!

That’s quite a tan you’ve acquired, Hannah! And nose… And face…

And if you visit the site now, “Hannah Richards” looks like this:

another hannah

There is no writer from Women’s Health Magazine named “Hannah Richards.” There is no reporter that I could find named “Hannah Richards.” I did, however, find a lovely redheaded photographer from New Zealand named Hannah Richards.

Oh, and by doing a reverse image search, I found another webpage (dailyhealthreports.com) that uses Hannah’s new picture with a different name:

Hannah, it's so weird that your twin Helen Hasman (I guess she's married and has a different last name?) is researching coffee beans as a weight loss supplement. You two must have so much to talk about when you gals get together!

Hannah, it’s so weird that your twin Helen Hasman (I guess she’s married and has a different last name?) is researching green coffee beans as a weight loss supplement. You two must have so much to talk about when you gals get together!

These websites are obviously not real. How stupid are these scam artists who throw a bunch of different women on a page as the same person and think we won’t notice?!?

It has worked and is currently working. A bunch of people have bought Garcinia Cambogia. Just like we’ve bought most diet pills, natural or synthetic, that have hit the market from the start of this whole national weight obsession thing. I guess we see past the obvious and lean on the hope that THIS one will FIX ME.

Women’s Health Magazine is seeking legal action against the spammers who have been using multiple ads directed at several demographics to shell out many “natural supplements” seemingly endorsed by WH magazine.

womenshealthreaction

By the way, yogamixalot.com (and its other stupid urls) now look as if they are an article by Hannah 2.0 from Glamour Magazine about how Snooki lost 18 lbs (the exact weight Hannah lost in the previous version of the site!? What a coincidence!) Check out the screenshot of the website here.

Ok, y’all. Here’s the bottom line:

There is no magic pill that will help you lose weight in any long-term or healthy way.

BUT KELLY OSBORNE SAID IT WORKED!

No, she didn’t. I searched and searched for her personal endorsement and couldn’t find it. I also searched for any rumors or gossip that she may have secretly used the product. Nope. You know what I found? Her interview from when she lost 70 lbs and said that “Diets don’t work.”  I agree, Kelly. I agree.

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE COMMENT SECTION AT THE BOTTOM OF THAT WEBSITE WHERE PEOPLE POSTED IT WORKED?

comments

It’s fake.

BUT THE COMMENTS ARE FROM THE DAY YOU FOUND THE PAGE?

dane todayNo, its fake. The spammers are making up people named “Dane” and “Larry” and “Sarag.” They aren’t real comments by real people.

HOW DO YOU KNOW?

Well, I tried to leave a comment, and it wouldn’t post.
fakecommentTHEY PROBABLY SCREEN FOR THAT STUFF. THAT WAS A FAKE EMAIL.

Ok, I tried my real one too.

whitneycommentBUT WHAT IF IT DOES WORK? HOW DO YOU KNOW IT DOESN’T? ARE YOU A DOCTOR?

I am not a doctor. However, I am a consumer, and I’ve personally tried the product. I’ve been taking the “recommended” dosage of Garcinia Cambogia every day for the past month without changing my diet or exercise habits (just like the fake reporter “Hannah”).

That’s right, I went to GNC and bought some of the stuff. I wasn’t about to give my credit card number to some spammers online. In fact, many customers are complaining that these sites have fraudulently charged their credit cards without honoring cancellation requests.

Spammers aside, the pills do not work. Trust me. Nothing happens. I didn’t grow a six-pack.

I said it when I started this website, and I’ll say it again: THERE IS NO MAGIC PILL FOR WEIGHT LOSS.

Lower your caloric intake and up your cardiovascular activity. That’s what it takes.

Health is achieved by putting good food into your body and getting active in a way that is fun and consistently challenging your body’s memory… but that’s a different story than just losing weight. Weight loss = burning more calories than you take in per day. Period.

Now, Iet’s all (me included) get back to our lives without idiotic and harmful pills, shall we?

What did you think of this article about diet pill scams? Have you ever experienced something similar or different with weight-loss supplements? Leave a comment! 

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29 thoughts on “Review: Garcinia Cambogia, The Newest “Diet” Scam on Facebook

  1. jylatham@yahoo.com says:

    Excellent article. Thanks for the input. I found your site by searcing for “Hannah Richards, reporter”

  2. Kate says:

    Fantastic detective work! Thanks for exposing these crooks for who they really are!

  3. Alexa says:

    So I ordered these from a website for the “$4.99” trial offer that I now know was fake and have been taking them until now after reading this and I’m really scared. I don’t know what to do. I don’t want to be charged $200+ after the trial is over which will be in a few days. How do I cancel all of it?! I only have 200 in my bank and I don’t want it all gone! Help what do I do I’m so scared!?

    • Alexa says:

      Also I am only 17 ! My parents don’t even know I ordered this crap either I don’t know what to do I’m so scared !

      • Kimmie says:

        Go to your parents, have your parents go to the bank, you are underage and should not be held responsible.

    • Sandrine says:

      I am in the same situation, don’t know how to cancel, I should have written and tried their cancellation number before! I new it was a scam, just thought I would order and cancel a few days later. Now I don’t even know the name of the company…and cannot find those ads on Facebook anymore. Please help

      • Chris says:

        Same happend to me they charged me 89.00 I launched aninvestigation with my credit card company.The lady on the phone with their company lied and was rude. Better buisness b. Is next on monday count on that. Good luck to you!

    • Sandrine says:

      Alexa I found it, might be the same. It’s Purebodyelite.com and call 18003098590 to cancel. And watch the bank account

  4. Pan Outeast says:

    Nice bit of research 🙂 You should know, however, that the former Helen Hasman has undergone gender realignment recently. Fortunately, he has readily been employed by Men’s Health*,under the name Kevin Hasman. You can read one of his recent articles here: http://www.dailyconsumers.com/men-uk/ A look at the profile picture shows that his surgery was VERY successful: a definite testament to Green Coffee enemas or whatever the fad is.

    *As they say: seems legit.

  5. Lammeck KAJUBI says:

    Even if I have an active exercise routine, I just was about falling for this sleek scam to order for this heap of shit. Fortunately I did a background check first and thank God I found your article! I now know better!

    Lets not be fooled, magical pills are yet to work!!

  6. what was the website address??

  7. mandy says:

    A brilliant article, well done.

    Hopefully false advertisers will be held accountable one day.

    It is a shame we live in this web of deceit.

  8. Ruby says:

    This product made me vomit after 2 weeks of using the correct amount of dosage. Your right. Total scam.

  9. kaine says:

    I also bought these tablets am i going to get scammed they took out like 100$ insread of 4.95$

  10. Wuanani says:

    To late for me I was also scammed I’m on my second day I will continue due to the fact that I already bought them

  11. Anita Mitchell says:

    I have been scammed by these diet pills I have tried to get my money back as my bank said that I would have to be reimbursed by the company and lo behold I can’t get no response from them they too 2 lots of £158 out everyone should not believe any thing they say as the money back guarantee doesn’t even work

  12. Carol Anne says:

    Great article.I was scammed by the raspberry ketone diet pills in the past so glad I found your article

  13. Terrell Rogers says:

    It is a scam. No truth to it.

  14. Cindi says:

    The “Hannah” before and after pictures aren’t even hers this site stole them from someone else who doesn’t even use this crap. Get the real facts.

  15. Shannon says:

    This is a very poor article. The before and after pictures are, in fact, the same woman. They are not photoshopped. These pictures are being used illegally by weightloss companies. They beling to the Bikini Body Mommy and are pictures showing her hard work and dedication to a healthy lifestyle without the use of weight loss products.

    I guess you should have done better research before making false assumptions about someone’s hard work.

  16. Bad Idea says:

    I hate to admit it, but I fell for the fake TMZ webpage. Don’t get me wrong, I knew there was a gimmick for the product, but I didn’t think it was that bad since it was a link from the TMZ page. I had put in my information and thought that I would still have a chance to to see the terms and also confirm my order prior to final processing, but this was not true. As soon as I entered my credit card I got a screen that gave me the “option” to also get green coffee extract, but it wasn’t really an option because there was no way to opt out. When I hit next it told me my order was complete and I was charged shipping for both products. I did then actually go back and find and read the terms and conditions so I was aware that I would be auto-billed only 14 days later if I did not contact them, although I missed that they would also charge me for the product that I already had at that point. I also missed the fact that it was 14 days from the day ordered. They calculated that you had 4 days to receive the product and then 10 days to try it. Thankfully, I figured all of this out only hours after putting in my order. The next morning I called them and told them that I didn’t want the order or any future orders. I made up an excuse that my doctor recommended against it. The representative asked me to wait and show my doctor the product before deciding. I told them that my doctor was aware of what the product is and told me not to take it. They then suggested I give the product to a friend and let them try it. If the friend liked it then I would be able to transfer the account to the friend, otherwise I could still cancel within 14 days. I held my ground through several minutes of a runaround and he finally told me he would respect my wish and cancel the order and provided me a cancellation number. I did also receive a confirmation of order email (1 for the garcinia combogia and a separate 1 for the coffee extract) so I responded to those emails requesting cancellation and they sent me an email back saying it was cancelled. I am just crossing my fingers that it is actually all cancelled since I did receive the initial “trial” order anyway. I also want to note that the emails are vague and one said you could call their customer service with questions, but in the place of the phone number it had the number 25000.00. When I received the product there wasn’t ANY documentation with it so they obviously make it as hard as possible to cancel. I am thankful that I took a screenshot of the terms and conditions page so I had the information readily available. Good luck to anyone who fell for this.

  17. Dani says:

    Thanks for this blog. I can’t believe I clicked on that stupid Facebook ad and seriously considered trying this scam. Luckily I didn’t and after the random Facebook ad I searched Google and found a whole bunch of links about these companies using Dr. Oz’s name and likeness fraudulently. Then I read this blog (which was well written and quite humorous btw) and I’m super glad I had enough common sense to do a bit of goggle searching before entering my credit card digits and clicking yes to a supposed “Risk Free” Trial.

  18. Great write-up on the truth behind these ads. Thank you.

  19. M richards says:

    Can anyone give me any info on how to cancel after free trial, I have had two lots of money taken from my account and haven’t received anything from them except the free trial. I think FB should investigate this company.

  20. Jessica says:

    update: this scam is still active, but the changed it to “girlshealthmag.com”

  21. Anita says:

    How do you get the charges reversed?? I can’t even find a legit # or business name to provide to the bank to dispute the charges. I’ve been scammed for $275 total

  22. Jessica Anderson says:

    i bought this stuff without knowing it was a scam and now I’m scared that they’re going to keep charging me there was no way to cancel the order, I don’t know what to do

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