Facebook users warned of weight loss pill orders

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MERCURY photographer Jeff Searle is warning people to check what they are signing up for when they buy weight-loss pills online.

He had purchased tubs of Rasberry Ketone capsules and Aloe Vera tablets for £4.95 each in a special offer he had seen on Facebook, which he said appeared to be endorsed by a celebrity comedian.

He said: “I’m on a diet at the moment and I thought these would help. I thought the advert was persuasive.

“It explained how the Rasberry Ketone pills help you to burn fat and the Aloe Vera tablets were supposed to cleanse your system, all alongside dieting. I thought I’d give it a try.

“But in small print, which I didn’t see, it said by placing the order you are agreeing to a contract to receive further orders and if you wanted to cancel it within 14 days you must notify them. I thought this was a special offer and was not aware I had signed up for more.”

Two weeks after receiving the pills, another package, which Jeff did not deliberately order, arrived on his doorstep with a blank invoice.

After enquiring with his bank he discovered he had been charged £178 for the surprise order.

“They’d taken £89 for each tablet type,” said Jeff.

“My bank said by law the company could take it, because it was a contract, but we got in touch the fraud department to ask for more details about the situation and put a block on the payment. I also emailed the company and cancelled the contract.

“The bank said 12 other local people had reported this in one week alone.”

The issue arises as a result of the way the supplier works, rather than as a result of the products themselves.

The Mercury contacted the websites listed on Jeff’s invoice but had not received a response at the time of going to press.

Meanwhile and separately, in recent weeks several celebrities have denied endorsing similar diet pills after apparently being linked to them in marketing activity.

Anyone who has been affected should contact their bank immediately.

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9:16pm Tue 25 Mar 14

BORED !!! says...

Ha ! Eat well, sleep well, get off you're backside ! It costs nothing !
Ha ! Eat well, sleep well, get off you're backside ! It costs nothing ! BORED !!!
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9:07am Wed 26 Mar 14

Blue Owl says...

Jeff, from one Slightly overweight Lump of Lard to Another, my advise, is more Practical and friendly than, Bored !!
Jeff, use smaller Plates, do not go back for Seconds, ever.......B4 you eat drink a pint of water, and a second one with your Dinner ,!!! Your Stomach will soon adjust to the Lack of Volume, the Water will trick it into thinking you are full........like me you enjoy your food !!!! Just limit the amount of intake and your Feet will appear again ???? feet that's those things u can not see @ present, at the end of your Leggies, Cheeeeers David.!!!! I used to have Trouble on take Off and Landings Cos of the Extra Weight !!!! Hoot !!!
Blue - Owl
David L Preece
Jeff, from one Slightly overweight Lump of Lard to Another, my advise, is more Practical and friendly than, Bored !! Jeff, use smaller Plates, do not go back for Seconds, ever.......B4 you eat drink a pint of water, and a second one with your Dinner ,!!! Your Stomach will soon adjust to the Lack of Volume, the Water will trick it into thinking you are full........like me you enjoy your food !!!! Just limit the amount of intake and your Feet will appear again ???? feet that's those things u can not see @ present, at the end of your Leggies, Cheeeeers David.!!!! I used to have Trouble on take Off and Landings Cos of the Extra Weight !!!! Hoot !!! Blue - Owl David L Preece Blue Owl
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10:38am Wed 26 Mar 14

JacJenkins says...

These pills and others have been exposed on the following website: http://bit.ly/1o0ii2
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It is amazing the number of people these scams have caught.
These pills and others have been exposed on the following website: http://bit.ly/1o0ii2 G It is amazing the number of people these scams have caught. JacJenkins
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1:22pm Wed 26 Mar 14

hevjay says...

Blue Owl wrote:
Jeff, from one Slightly overweight Lump of Lard to Another, my advise, is more Practical and friendly than, Bored !!
Jeff, use smaller Plates, do not go back for Seconds, ever.......B4 you eat drink a pint of water, and a second one with your Dinner ,!!! Your Stomach will soon adjust to the Lack of Volume, the Water will trick it into thinking you are full........like me you enjoy your food !!!! Just limit the amount of intake and your Feet will appear again ???? feet that's those things u can not see @ present, at the end of your Leggies, Cheeeeers David.!!!! I used to have Trouble on take Off and Landings Cos of the Extra Weight !!!! Hoot !!!
Blue - Owl
David L Preece
I think you are very rude. Blue Owl. What gives you the right to launch a personal attack on Jeff, I do not know Jeff at all, but how dare you call him a lump of lard. You are a very, very rude person. It is none of your buisness what size Jeff is, he is only trying to warn other people of a scam and does not deserve the abuse you have levelled at him.
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: Jeff, from one Slightly overweight Lump of Lard to Another, my advise, is more Practical and friendly than, Bored !! Jeff, use smaller Plates, do not go back for Seconds, ever.......B4 you eat drink a pint of water, and a second one with your Dinner ,!!! Your Stomach will soon adjust to the Lack of Volume, the Water will trick it into thinking you are full........like me you enjoy your food !!!! Just limit the amount of intake and your Feet will appear again ???? feet that's those things u can not see @ present, at the end of your Leggies, Cheeeeers David.!!!! I used to have Trouble on take Off and Landings Cos of the Extra Weight !!!! Hoot !!! Blue - Owl David L Preece[/p][/quote]I think you are very rude. Blue Owl. What gives you the right to launch a personal attack on Jeff, I do not know Jeff at all, but how dare you call him a lump of lard. You are a very, very rude person. It is none of your buisness what size Jeff is, he is only trying to warn other people of a scam and does not deserve the abuse you have levelled at him. hevjay
  • Score: 2

3:08am Thu 27 Mar 14

Three Pots Derek says...

hevjay wrote:
Blue Owl wrote:
Jeff, from one Slightly overweight Lump of Lard to Another, my advise, is more Practical and friendly than, Bored !!
Jeff, use smaller Plates, do not go back for Seconds, ever.......B4 you eat drink a pint of water, and a second one with your Dinner ,!!! Your Stomach will soon adjust to the Lack of Volume, the Water will trick it into thinking you are full........like me you enjoy your food !!!! Just limit the amount of intake and your Feet will appear again ???? feet that's those things u can not see @ present, at the end of your Leggies, Cheeeeers David.!!!! I used to have Trouble on take Off and Landings Cos of the Extra Weight !!!! Hoot !!!
Blue - Owl
David L Preece
I think you are very rude. Blue Owl. What gives you the right to launch a personal attack on Jeff, I do not know Jeff at all, but how dare you call him a lump of lard. You are a very, very rude person. It is none of your buisness what size Jeff is, he is only trying to warn other people of a scam and does not deserve the abuse you have levelled at him.
Come on hevjay, I don't think Blue Owl was being rude to anyone. I beleive what he wrote was meant to be partly in jest, as he refered to himself as 'a slightly overweight lump of lard'. If you follow Blue Owl's comments you would know if he was being rude but in this case I don't beleive he was.
[quote][p][bold]hevjay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: Jeff, from one Slightly overweight Lump of Lard to Another, my advise, is more Practical and friendly than, Bored !! Jeff, use smaller Plates, do not go back for Seconds, ever.......B4 you eat drink a pint of water, and a second one with your Dinner ,!!! Your Stomach will soon adjust to the Lack of Volume, the Water will trick it into thinking you are full........like me you enjoy your food !!!! Just limit the amount of intake and your Feet will appear again ???? feet that's those things u can not see @ present, at the end of your Leggies, Cheeeeers David.!!!! I used to have Trouble on take Off and Landings Cos of the Extra Weight !!!! Hoot !!! Blue - Owl David L Preece[/p][/quote]I think you are very rude. Blue Owl. What gives you the right to launch a personal attack on Jeff, I do not know Jeff at all, but how dare you call him a lump of lard. You are a very, very rude person. It is none of your buisness what size Jeff is, he is only trying to warn other people of a scam and does not deserve the abuse you have levelled at him.[/p][/quote]Come on hevjay, I don't think Blue Owl was being rude to anyone. I beleive what he wrote was meant to be partly in jest, as he refered to himself as 'a slightly overweight lump of lard'. If you follow Blue Owl's comments you would know if he was being rude but in this case I don't beleive he was. Three Pots Derek
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