When there is nothing better on the Television, watching an infomercial may sound good, but don't get convinced to their magical elixirs. Whether you are watching an infomercial just because you are too lazy to get the remote or planning to buy it, chances are you might be scammed.
The most famous infomercial taglines of all time
- 'But wait ... there's more!'
- Money back guaranteed!
- "Not available in stores"
- We'll double the offer.
Don't be misled and conned by some infomercial scams that are not to be relied upon. Are they too good to be true though? Think twice, even before you pick up the phone to place an order. The clairvoyant crooks try to deceit you by closing the deal via a "1 +1" offer or "if you buy now" offer, a free complimentary gift is included into a "fitness deal", "baldness deal" that benefits them and only them. Before you shell out hundreds of dollars to get that "so-called" instant result of the product, think again. With all that said, within the infomercial industry, shipping & handling scam is one such type.
Not just limited to products, you will also find property related deals like "Real Estate Riches in 14 Days", "Shortcuts to Internet Millions" and much more. Stay away from infomercial's that says get-rich-quick systems. Nearly 1 million consumers were conned $478 million with phony claims stating that they could make easy money. Remember, "nothing great ever came that easy", if it does, then you will have to know every single detail of it. Of all the biggest real estate infomercial scam, John Beck's is among the top list and worst ever case, sued by the FTC. Following the purchase of advertised systems, you will be involuntarily registered in continuity programs that charge a sum of money, these deceiving acts should be reported.
There are some key elements designed to appeal to the emotional responses of viewers which include
- Sense of urgency
- The offer
- Lofty promises
- Instant results
Portraying some dramatic real life examples, they repeat the sales pitches in various forms throughout the course of the infomercial, where many consumers likely desire those instant results for themselves. Sense of urgency is the key element here and chances are, you may fall for those glowing testimonials.
Slow down your spellbinders and lower the chances of being scammed by being aware of the red flags. Up selling, only electronic funds transfer, one product does it all, scientific breakthrough are some of the alerts!
If you've been scammed by an infomercial, write a complaint to informercialscams.org and BBB, also report to the local authorities.