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.
Happy Training! Cheers.
5 thoughts on “How to know when a supplement is a fake/scam?”
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!
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.
I just hope he listens to you! At that age we all believe we knows everything, eish! Wish you a great day. Gert
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
Thanx for the feedback and info bud…the more people that knows the truth the better.
Wish u a GREAT day.