Acai Berry - 6 Insider Tips to Avoid a Scam

by Jenny Clarke
(North Carolina)

Have you seen all the advertisements lately about acai berry? With the increasing popularity of the acai berry, there has been a proliferation of acai product ads and information.


Many of these ads are outright scams. They promise detox, weight loss, and state they have Oprah's endorsement. Many show an enviable picture of a skinny girl's waist and some show a picture of Oprah. They always offer a free month's trial for the mere cost of shipping and handling.

Too good to be true? YES.

I've personally received about 25 of these ads in my e-mail box in the last month and I've received more than two dozen reader complaints wanting to know how they can get their money back. The names may be different, such as 'Acai Pure' or 'Acai Extreme' or 'Acai Cleanse', but they are all the same. Watch out for these ads.

Here's the scam: they get your credit card info for the shipping and handling and then automatically send you the next months' supply without your approval and charge your credit card an exorbitant price.

I paid $89.00 for a 30 capsule bottle of poor quality acai berry. A 30 capsule bottle of good quality freeze-dried acai costs about $29.00. They make it very difficult to contact them or cancel future orders prior to the next shipment.

The acai berry is a small dark purple fruit that can only be grown in the Amazon rainforest. It has been called a top superfood because of it's nutrient-dense and high antioxidant properties. Because of its powerful and rich nutritional qualities, it provides many health benefits and has become a popular product to market.

There are many top quality acai products that you will want to add to your nutritional guard. And, unfortunately, with the growing popularity of the acai berry, many poor quality acai products have popped up, too.

You can get legitimate Acai berry products on Amazon.com. As Amazon already has your credit card details and a reputation to lose, they won't play games with you.


Here's how to tell the difference:

1. Products made from freeze-dried berries provide the most nutritionally potent form. Other drying or processing methods wash away the nutrients, enzymes, and antioxidants that make acai so powerful. The product label will state if it is from pure, organic freeze-dried acai.

2. Ads that don't provide a contact number or web site to contact to ask questions about the product are a scam.

3. Ads that offer free trials where you must provide a credit card number to participate are a scam.

4. Ads that offer 'too good to be true' weight loss promises are a scam. Acai can be beneficial in an overall weight loss program because it provides maximum nutrition per calorie. But on its own, it is not a miracle weight loss substance.

5. Just because Dr. Perricone touted the benefits on the Oprah show does not mean that Oprah is endorsing a particular product. Watch out for ads that use her picture.

6. Don't buy products where you cannot see the nutritional label to determine the form of acai, the ingredients, and see if other preservatives or chemicals are added to the product. The 'Acai Extreme' product that I got contained many artificial chemicals and ingredients that I would not put in my body.

In summary, do your research before buying anything. Pure acai concentrates, powders, capsules, and juices that come from organic freeze-dried fruit are found through many quality providers.

Jenny Clarke is a registered nurse who is passionate about helping others achieve optimum health through nutrient-rich super foods.

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Dec 04, 2009
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Be aware of "Free Trials"
by: Marion

Thanks for commenting. The so-called free-trial is in 99% a scam!

These companies just want to get your credit card numbers and will keep charging you for their product.

Because you authorized the charge in the first place, you can't even call your credit card company for a charge-back.

Be careful !!

Dec 03, 2009
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Acai Scam
by: Anonymous

I was scammed by the "free trial" offer for Acai Berry products because the "fine print" of the offer was fairly ambiguous. (It states that in order for the trial to be free you have to return the product before the 14 day period is up...however it is impossible for the product to reach you before that expiration date when it is being shipped out of the UK and you are in N. America! The ad also states among the fine print that you authorise them to use your credit card number for future orders. In my interpretation I took that to mean IF I ordered anything from them in the future, but apparently this actually referred to a "membership" and ongoing subscription which I had been signed up for. When I called my bank to question odd charges which had appeared on my monthly statement from a variety of sources (one being in Singapore)I was surprised to learn they were well aware of the free trial offer. The only way to end my "membership" was to call one of the numbers and speak directly to an operator there. The person I spoke with was pleasant enough but I was told I would be contacted by e-mail. This msg arrived within hours of the phone call and followed a rather snotty tone. I would warn everyone to avoid this "free offer".
Another fascinating thing about their on-line ads is that no matter when or where you view the ad and the "offer" it always seems to be written by someone who is in the same town as you are AND it is always going to expire the next day.

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