Acai Berry weight loss blogs under investigation

Duncan Riley - Author

Jun. 15 2013, Updated 6:39 p.m. ET

The US Federal Trade Commission and several States are investigating blogs that promote Acai Berry as a miracle weight loss solution.

The 80 or so blogs, including present themselves as legitimate blogs from customer who have lost weight using the product. However, the blogs share a few things in common, such as using the same stock photo of a German model.

Besides there being no proof that Acai Berry works, the companies behind the blogs also catch consumers another way. Promising 14-day “free trials” of Acai berry products, the companies make it virtually impossible for consumers to cancel the trial, resulting in charges to credit cards ranging anywhere from $59 to $89.

Jeremy Schoemaker shares his thoughts here and has video of a news report detailing the scam.

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