How to know when a supplement is a fake/scam?

In this article I will give you some critical pointers on how to smell a fake/scam product from a mile away.

 

You need to understand the mindset of these scammers.

1. They want as much money from you as possible.

2. The never want to be in a situation where they meet you face to face. They only use faceless environments to deal with clients – like the internet.

3. You struggle to get information on the ingredients of the product, they do NOT want you to know the truth.

 

Let’s look at – They want as much money from you as possible

They have this incredibly good sounding deals like “get your first bottle free”.  But after that first bottle arrived, you will just see charges getting deducted from your credit card, month after month. The only way to stop this is to literally stop your credit card and get a new one.

To try to stop the monthly supply of the products is close to impossible and even if you stop the delivery of the product, the deductions continue.

According to you, you have only ordered the first “free” product but alas now you are all of a sudden in a fixed recurring contract.

 

Let’s look at – They only use a faceless environment

The only medium these products are advertised through is the internet. If you cannot find this item on the shelve of your local supplement store, do NOT buy it! There is a REASON these people only deal through internet. They want to stay faceless because they are devoid of all integrity in their marketing campaigns of these products. They steal photos and make up fake stories for their marketing campaigns – I know what I am talking about, I have already busted 8 of these fake companies that have stolen my transformation photo and made up a fake stories to advertise their products. And that is just me…ALL of the transformation and other photos used are fakes and stolen as well as all the supporting “proof” stories.  They have no other choice to do this because the product they are selling CANNOT produce the claimed results and thus they do not have any proof of the claimed results.

The internet offer them a safe environment and barrier so they do not have to face their clients. They are not stupid, all of them have “front” companies they create to deal with the product distribution and marketing just to make sure that if one ever does try to make a case against them, it is very easy for them to get out off the lawsuite,  because they just blame it on the “front” marketing company which is even more difficult to trace than themselves. These “front” marketing companies has very short lifespans, typically only a few months, before they disappear and a new one is created, making the old one close to impossible to trace, literally just like a deleted webpage.

Typical marketing campaigns for these products proclaim awe-inspiring transformations within a few weeks (typically range 2 to 4 weeks). Many times it states that this is done with the product without having to diet or do any exercise. Crazy claims that not even anabolic steroids or Growth Hormone can come close too! Again, this is why they can ONLY work from a faceless environment. Imagine the queues of scammed clients lining up who experienced NO CHANGE in the 4 weeks whatsoever. They did loose, but only their money and until they cancel their credit card will keep loosing their monthly month after month.

 

Let’s look at –  You struggle to get info on the ingredients of the product.

All the “wonderful” write-ups and advertising that surrounds these products has almost no specific info on the actual ingredients of the product but just vague descriptions and references. There is a very important reason for this, because if people knew the ingredients and google it, they will very quickly see that this products cannot produce the claimed results. These products have no mystical ingredients but plain well-known ingredients that you will find at any health store or supplement store. The marketing companies of the products would like you to believe that the products contain very special and mystical stuff and that is why they omit 90% of the time the ingredients in the marketing advertisement. Being a scam product the chances is also very (!) high that it does not nearly contain what the label states.

These companies are not interested in satisfied clients, but their ONLY objective is to hook into the clients credit cards with a irreversible debit order system.

 

If it sounds too good to be true, it IS too good to be true – ALWAYS!

So the three main criteria you must use to know if it is a scam/fake product, is:

1. Is it only available through internet? [if yes – stay way!]

2. Is the ingredients listed in detail?  [if not – stay away!]

3. Does it sound too good to be true? [if yes – stay away!]

 

Examples: Niwali TestoBoost, 1285 Muscle, Trig X2, XTreme No, TestoRush, AminoPrime, and many, many more…

 

You will say “But this means, that a lot of the internet-only bodybuilding supplement products are fakes/scams?” YES IT IS..all of them.

 

Know this, NO (!) reputable company that have a solid product worth it’s weight will only deal through internet.

They want fixed distribution channels with trained people to sell their product and offer support and info to clients.

 

I hope this short article help you to make a more informed decision and to stay clear from all these fake and scam products.

They suck the money from people and it is very (!) difficult to sue them and the word “integrity” is not in their vocabulary.

 

 

gertxb

Happy Training! Cheers.

Gert Louw

 

Author: gertlouw

In the deepest south of South Africa you will find me. Dwelling in the most beautiful city in the world, Cape Town. I live close to God and try to follow in the footsteps of Christ as led the Holy Spirit. Other passions include Karate and Judo and wrestling (and off course surfing for many years). Karate I did for many years, Judo 4 yrs and for a short period kickboxing until I was knocked silly one time with blood all over and teeth protruding through my lip, but if I have to choose over, I would choose wrestling…simply because of the brutal power against power game with your opponent. Love it. Love my home theatre hobby, my youtube channel and spending time with family! And off course me and my son's new adventure https://mediax.photography ...and love flying my drone - DJI Phantom 4 Pro For those interested, this blog is my database of all my fitness and transformation knowledge. And NO (!) I am not getting any money for it and neither do I promote anything on it or getting sponsored by anybody. My blog is simply where I want to help other guys living a healthier life and become the best they can be, inside and out and ultimately it is my legacy I want to leave my one and only son – now 13 y/o and already eager to get his 6-pack! So donations very welcome! Just click the donation button... I started my healthy living after a very close call with death at age 40. After much hardship one of my main aims now is to assist other guys with healthy living and transforming themselves inside and out. I don’t know how much grace will still be given me, but I live now every moment to be the best I can be. To be the best bodybuilder I can be, the best father, best husband and best friend to those whom my paths crosses. I want to live a life worth living and not just do what excites me or pleases me. Feel free to contact me directly if you wish. Reading this far, the last bit important info on me you need to know, is that my anchor in life is Jesus Christ. Please bear in mind, English is my 2nd language and as a result their might be spelling, grammatical and other language errors in my blog – I do apologise for this! Wish you all many blessings. Gert Louw

5 thoughts on “How to know when a supplement is a fake/scam?

  1. That’s true! I don’t even like to buy products with “property blend”… If you don’t know the mix that’s not good to be part if your diet!

  2. Great observation with common sense. You helped make my case with my over enthusiastic nephew who now thinks he knows everything about supplements and lifting…..he’s 18 and knows nothing! Thank you.

      1. hey Gert, I did read 1285 ad and looked at the ingredients. Those guys know nothing about their own ingredientson top of being liars. They call Folate a form of B-12…..c’mon they really take people for idiots. Fo;ate is B-3 and folic acid is the synthetic form, I’ve been in natural medicine rsearch long enough to see them coming from 50 miles a way. They really are scammers but this time by calling folate a form of B-12, they really screwed up. Have a great oneGert

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