Although this scam has been around now for years there are still those who are falling for it everyday.
What happens is that you are browsing the internet minding your own business when you come across a television news website with various mentions of a diet pill and its benefits.
While reading about these benefits most people get caught up in the story and fail to question the authenticity of the website itself.
Unfortunately these same people will inevitably click on one of the adverts leading them onto another website that will attempt to entice them into signing up for a trial of this so called wonder product.
Auto shipping trial products
There are numerous examples on this websites offering trial of their products, where you will be enticed into signing up for the trial.
Unfortunately once signed up you will also be signed up to an auto shipping membership whereby you will be sent another package of diet pills every month until your membership is cancelled.
These trial offers cover themselves legally by putting their payment terms in their terms and conditions, but lets be honest does anyone ever read them?
The companies are counting on this fact as they are hoping that you wont notice the money has left your account and too much time has passed to get a refund.
Examples of these fake news websites
A few years back this fake news website scam was used to sell Acai Berry supplements, a simple search for ‘News 10 Reporter Julia Miller’ will reveal many examples of this scam being used.
They are even using the same reporters name ‘Julia Miller’ who by the way does not exist.
Previously they have used images of Melissa Theuriau, a popular news anchor on the French network, LCI.
Although it seems that any generic image of a reporter will be used to present this scam.
How to avoid being scammed?
To avoid being scammed by one of these fake news websites you need to be on guard while browsing the internet.
You cannot simply believe everything you read online. There are so many different scams out there so do your research before you sign up for any offer or buy any product.
Trial offers in particular should be checked thoroughly. Read the terms and conditions to see what the payment details are before you sign up.
In our opinion these trial offers are best avoided as the vast majority of them are only designed to rip you off.
Please let us know if you have been scammed in a similar fashion or if you come across a fake news website. Please leave a message below.