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Consumer Body Warns Consumers against Online Acai Scams

March 24, 2009: 01:19 AM EST
US consumer group, Center for Science in the Public Interest, is telling consumers not participate in free trials for diet products based on the superfruit acai. CSPI says there is no evidence that acai meets claims that it helps people lose weight, and there have been many complaints that consumers, once signed up, are unable to stop recurring charges on their credit cards. CSPI recommends that any consumers unable to resist the marketing of acai should use pre-paid cards with low credit limits, or some other means of protection against the scammers. Other claims for acai include energy enhancement and detoxification, and there is little or no scientific evidence for these either.
"Web-Based Acai Scams Targeting Dieters", Nutraceutical World, March 24, 2009, © Rodman Publishing
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