Online scammers are targeting Fixer Upper star Joanna Gaines, and fans are paying the price. Joanna was recently featured in a fake online advertisement for skincare that duped one Floridian women for hundreds of dollars. Are the Fixer Upper stars headed for more trouble?
According to NBC 4i, Linda Hetrick bought into the scam because she trusted Joanna’s endorsement. Hetrick says that she read that Joanna was leaving Fixer Upper to start a career in cosmetics and thought the product was legitimate. Unfortunately, Joanna never agreed to appear in the ad, which proved to be a complete fraud.
“I thought well, if she’s going to give up a lucrative career on TV for cosmetics, it must really be good,” Hetrick shared.
Hetrick called the online ad and was sent a free sample of the skin care lotion. The samples were made by Bella Dior Products, a company that later charged Hetrick hundreds for the products.
“It was absolutely free, all I had to do was pay for shipping and handling,” she explained, adding that her bank called her a few weeks later with a fraud alert. “They said that it had been stopped by fraud alert because there had been so many other people that had these similar charges. That’s a monthly charge and you know, for almost $180. That’s a lot for me to spend on cosmetics.”
According to Snopes, Joanna debunked the skin care rumors on her personal blog. The Fixer Upper star assured fans that the ads were fake and that she is not quitting the hit renovation show to start a new career. Joanna posted the blog in late April with the title, “Don’t Believe Everything You Read.”
“We are so thankful for your support—we wouldn’t be here without you! And just in case you were wondering, YES! We are currently filming season 5 of the show. No! I am not getting into the business of facial creams,” she stated. “And No! We are not expecting baby #5. And no worries, believing some of these stories happens to the best of us.”
Joanna added that fans should not purchase the facial cream.
Despite Joanna’s warning, the rumors of her exit continue. Things got so bad that her husband and Fixer Upper co-star, Chip Gaines, took to Twitter and further denounced the reports. We can only hope that fans learn the truth before buying into the scam.
Speaking of her husband, Fox News reports that Chip and Joanna still clear their busy schedule for some alone time. Joanna recently revealed that they go on a date at least once a week, and they don’t observe all the romantic holidays alone. Because of their weekly dates, Chip and Joanna spend all the holidays with their children, including Valentine’s Day.
In fact, Joanna explained how they set a big table during the year’s most romantic holiday and serve a fancy dinner. One year, they had lobster and things got a little crazy when Chip chased the kids around with the dead crustacean.
While the couple continues to fight rumors, AOL reports that Chip is getting ready for the release of his new book, Capital Gaines: The Smart Things I Learned by Doing Stupid Stuff. Chip announced the book on social media, which explores many of Chip’s business ventures before he hit it rich in the renovation business. Capital Gaines is targeted at people who want to success in both business and life. The book is expected to hit stores on October 17.
Fans can watch Chip and Joanna in action when Season 5 of Fixer Upper returns to HGTV this November.
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