350+ Self-help Websites Scamming Consumers Out of Money

How closely do you look at your credit card bill when it comes in? Do you take the time to go through each purchase to make sure it was actually a purchase you made and authorized? Chances are, if you’re like me, you might quickly glance at your bill, decide the amount seems to be about right, from what you can remember, and then proceed to make your payment.  If that’s the case, you might be unknowingly paying for purchases, or recurring charges, you didn’t authorize.

According to a credit card monitoring company, hundreds of thousands of consumers have recurring credit card charges from a tangle of shady self-help websites that bill them monthly and typically shut down when complaints start pouring in.

There are more than 350 of these sites that count on consumers paying their credit card bills without carefully examining statements, allowing charges to recur month after month, said Yaron Samid, chief executive of BillGuard.com.

The scam typically works this way: Someone goes to one of these sites and signs up for a “free trial” offer of a diet product, anti-aging cream or self-help program. What they don’t realize is they are signing up for a so-called negative option – a tactic that puts the burden on the consumer to cancel the order. If not, they start ringing up monthly charges ranging anywhere from $49 to $99.

Here is a list of sites provided by BillGuard that are associated with the charges:

acaidailysupplements.com
avoidrockystarts.com
beautifulsexybody.com
begindetoxing.com
bestdetoxplan.com
bestezdetox.com
bestezdetoxonline.biz
bestmangotoday.biz
bizkit4you.com
brightsmilesnow.com
bulkinator.com
chargebacksecurity.com
cleansemetoday.com
cleansetoenergize.com
cleanseyourbodyonline.com
cleanzerxp.com
coloncleaner6weeks.com
colonh2oworks.com
colonjazz.com
colonjoy.com
colonproduct4you.com
complianceassurancegroup.com
controlbold.com
coredetox.com
corpacademyonline.com
dailyacaiboost.com
dailygtpro.com
dentalshinepro.com
detoxennow.biz
detoxifymenow.biz
detoxifymenow.com
detoxifymybod.com
detoxingstartstoday.com
detoxingtoday.com
detoxingtodayonline.com
detoxingworks.com
detoxphenomenon.com
detoxroutine.com
detoxxingnow.biz
detoxyourselfonline.com
dontsitgetfitnow.com
drdetoxonline.com
drdetoxs.com
energizeyourbod.com
enjoyyourbodytoday.com
enjoyyourdietonline.com
extremecoloncleanseronline.com
fabulousmango.com
finestdetox.com
freeyourselftoday.com
freshstarthgh.biz
freshstarthgh.com
gitfitonline.com
grabhcgtoday.com
hcgbegins.com
healthyacainutrition.com
homeopathichghonline.com
ifyouwantmybodydotdotdot.com
iwillbefitnow.com
jpbsecurehostingservice.com
loveyoursmilenow.com
luvinlyfe.com
mangofasttoday.com
mangomadness.biz
mango-mania.biz
mangomaniac.biz
mangonow.biz
mango-now.com
mangoonline.biz
mango-today.biz
mangotoday.com
mangotodayonline.biz
megatrislimdiet.com
metaburnonline.biz
mihcgtoday.com
mycmnatural.com
mycolonflush.com
mycolonrinse.com
mydetox2themax.com
mydetoxing.com
mydietmagictoday.com
mydrdetox.com
myeasedcolon.com
myecorptraining.com
myezwebbiz.com
myhcglite.com
myhcgslim.com
myhealthybod.com
whiteteethtodayonline.com
yourdetoxification.com
yourhappygrin.com
yourhcgstop.com
yourlovelybody.com
yourmangoonline.com
startmangotoday.com

If you’ve used or purchased anything from any of these sites double check your credit card statement when it come in, or go immediately online to check your statement.

If you find one of these questionable charges on your bill, dispute it immediately and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission or the FBI’s online complaint site, IC3.gov.

See the full article HERE.

-Erin

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3 Responses to 350+ Self-help Websites Scamming Consumers Out of Money

  1. Hi Erin! Thanks for posting this, but the link to the full article isn’t right. BBB readers can see the complete article on Boston.com at http://www.boston.com/business/personalfinance/consumeralert/2012/01/tangled_web_of_scam_sites_unco.html

    Thanks again!

  2. Love this BillGuard service. I just found more unauthorized charges yesterday. Second savings since signing up with BillGuard

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