The US Government Is Moving to Shut Down Fake News Acai Berry Websites

The U.S. government has opened the latest chapter in its long-running effort to end the proliferation of consumer scams involving acai berry nutritional products.

On April 19, the Federal Trade Commission said that it had gone to court to request temporary restraining orders against ten marketers of acai berry products. The marketers had been using a tactic that’s probably been observed by anybody who regularly uses the Internet: they had set up websites that were posing as news websites. Some even used the names of prominent media outlets, including ABC News, CBS News and Fox, without permission, according to the FTC.

The supposed news story that all of these websites featured was an investigative report on the benefits of the acai berry diet. The fake news reporters featured in the story invariably described highly improbable weight loss. In the examples cited by the FTC, the fake journalists claimed to have lost 25 pounds over four weeks without any changes in their diet or exercise routines other than starting a regiment of acai berry supplements.

This follows the pattern that marketers of acai berry diet supplements have pursued for years. Science has found little if any evidence that acai berries have health benefits that are any more special than those of more common types of berries that you can buy for a few dollars a package in the produce section of your neighborhood supermarket. But marketers of acai berry juice and supplements on the Internet have claimed that these products have nearly magical properties to promote weight loss, to prevent cancer, and to provide nearly every other health benefit imaginable. More details please visit:-

Enough consumers find these claims credible that marketers have been able to sell juice for upwards of $40 a bottle and monthly supplies of dietary supplements for $50 to $80.

What’s more, offers for acai berry products have frequently served as the basis for Internet credit-card billing scams. In some of these, customers have signed up for what they believed to be a fourteen-day free trial, but found that their credit cards were billed with monthly recurring fees. In other cases, the consumers found that they were billed for other, supposedly related diet and health products, aside from the acai berry supplements they ordered. The victims of these scams have generally said that the marketers make it as difficult as possible for them to get refunds or to cancel the recurring charges.

It appear from documents that the FTC filed in court that the marketers must have found the fake-news websites to be an extremely effective sales tool, judging by how heavily they invested in them. The marketers truly blanketed the Internet with this advertising. In documents that the FTC filed for its restraining order against IMM Interactive (which is also known as Intermark Communications, Intermark Media and COPEAC), the FTC claimed that IMM had spent more than $1.3 million over the past year buying advertising to promote its fake-news websites; had purchased more than a billion ads, including spots on heavily trafficked websites such as and; and had gotten more than a million customers to click on those ads.

The upshot, the FTC speculates, is that IMM probably made back far more than the $1.3 million it invested in that advertising. And IMM was only one of at least 10 marketers using fake-news websites.

If you are one of the many thousands of people who may have signed up to buy acai berry products based on bogus health claims, or who were billed for products when you only intended to sign up for a free trial, you might be able to get refunded by asking your credit card company for a charge-back.

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