If you are overweight and come across an endorsement for a ‘miraculous’ way to lose weight you are surely going to be interested, particularly if this endorsement is coming from a well-known source such as Women’s Health magazine.
Unfortunately this fact has not gone unnoticed by the scammers out there who are trying to make money off your insecurities.
This is why there are a growing number of fake websites being set up to promote numerous diet pills, all using the Women’s Health logo in the hope to trick you into signing up for an auto ship program.
How can you avoid falling victim to this scam?
Here are some tips to help ensure you do not fall victim to this scam like so many others:
#1 – Check the URL
Even if the website has the Women’s Health logo this does not mean that it is the official website. It is very easy to steal intellectual property such as this.
Instead you need to look at the URL of the website. If it does not include ‘womenshealthmag.com’ or ‘blog.womenshealthmag.com‘ then you should click off the website as it is a fake.
The Women’s Health website will not have any numbers or extra letters in the URL so be careful.
#2 – Check the logo
There have been instances where the Women’s Health logo has been used, but slightly altered perhaps by adding a number to it.
If this is the case then the website you are viewing is a fake and you should close the website immediately.
#3 – Be aware of endorsements
These fake websites often use celebrity endorsements to entice you to sign up for their trial offers.
Images of celebrities like Susanna Reid, Fern Britton, Natalie Cassidy, Dawn French and Lorraine Kelly have all been used on these websites along with made up testimonials that they have used whichever product is on that particular website.
Why shouldn’t you sign up for the offered trials?
Although you may believe that there is no harm in signing up for these trials (they are free right?), you may soon come to regret your decision.
These trials often claim to be ‘risk free’, which unfortunately is mistaken to mean ‘free’.
In reality you are going to be charged a small fee for the postage and packaging and then after the trial period has elapsed (usually around 14 days later) you are going to be charged the full amount for the product.
The price for these products are usually hidden away in the T&Cs so you wont realise how much you are going to be charged until the money has left your account.
There have been reports that hundreds of pounds have been lost in some cases.
What can you do if you have signed up for a trial?
If you have signed up for a ‘risk free trial’ then the tips on the following page may help you get your money back.
If you have been fortunate enough to have not signed up for a trial then you have been extremely lucky, however tempting they may seem tempting but in most cases the old saying is correct. If an offer seems to good to be true is most probably is.
Free trials are not recommended, they are going to cost you more than you think.