You get a nose for web scammers after studying them for a while… maybe even a wrinkled nose!
As soon as I saw Inherent Beauty‘s loud promises, fake reviews, lack of prices and free-trial offer, I knew it would score low on the Scam-O-Meter scale. Let’s see how low they can go! Contact information:
Attention: Inherent Beauty, LLC
PO Box 24567 Santa Ana, CA 92799
Customer Service: 888-239-5985
- Users look 20, 30 or more years younger!
- Restores skin damage caused by drinking alcohol, smoking and not using sunscreen!
- Avoids the need for plastic surgery, etc.
- “Best 7 ingredients for anti-aging” boil down to mystery substances with goofy trademarked names that are only mentioned by wrinkle-cream websites and their tame reviewers
- Puts romance back in your life. One user’s cheating ex-husband “Came crawling back.”
C’mon, if you believe this stuff, it’s because you want to! -1
Post Office box: They don’t even try to hide it: Inherent Beauty, P.O. Box 24567 Santa Ana, CA 92799 Having no physical facility isn’t illegal; but it’s a symptom that the business is a scam. -1
Onerous terms: It’s the “Free Trial” scam. When you send for a trial supply, you implicitly subscribe to monthly shipments forever. -1
- You can’t sue them, or join a class action that’s suing them.
- They charge an $89.95 subscription fee when you place your order. This payment covers your second package, which is your first subscription shipment.
- The 14-day trial-period starts two days after the date of your order, to allow for shipping. It ends on the 13th day of the trial period; that’s the last day you can cancel your subscription. (Apparently the 14th day of the trial period has no purpose.)
- They charge another $89.95 at the end of the trial period. This payment covers your “free” trial sample.
- You can’t return any products you receive after the trial shipment, nor can you ask for refunds for them.
- They don’t guarantee that their product is suitable for any use; nor that anything they say is true.
Ads, spam, robocalls: -1
- They’ll use the information you supply, plus what they can suck out of your browser, to spam you and beam ads at you.
- They’ll give your data to other companies that will do the same.
- If they sell their company, your data is part of the deal.
Lying and deception:
- They claim that Dr. Oz only offers this product to his private, rich clients. But I couldn’t confirm this. t found several reports of scam sites that claim fake Dr. Oz endorsements. PissedConsumer.com has posts accusing Dr. Oz himself as a scam artist.
- “Pay only for shipping!” they advertise. But their Terms and Conditions say they’ll charge $89.95 for your “free trial sample.” What part of “free” don’t these people understand?
Maybe this level of deception isn’t illegal. But it’s not encouraging a person to fork over her credit card, either. -1
Obfuscation: You have to drill down thru three web pages to see the $89.95 price. And you have to give your name, address and phone number to get there. (Or you can sift thru the Terms and Conditions for the price.) -1
Phony reviews: The main page ends with a long list of phony endorsements. The endorser’s names are links that take you to another sales pitch, not to information about the endorsers. The picture of the first endorser, “Tohloria Lewis,” looks to be stolen from the blog “Kirsty’s World.” (Maybe posting your photo on the web is a bad idea?)
Googling for reviews nets a lot of scam warnings. Also some tame review sites, such as “Supplement Police,” which advises, “The product is also made by a reputable company, therefore you are certainly getting a product you and trust and rely on for your beauty needs.” -1
Crummy product: This is a subjective issue, so I’ll skip it — altho I found some complaints that the product doesn’t work. 0
Overpriced: The bottle pictured is labeled 0.5 ounces. So, Inherent Beauty costs about $180 per ounce. I couldn’t find Inherent Beauty on Amazon. But Amazon offers one ounce of Simply Naked Beauty (twice as much as the Inherent Beauty bottle holds) for $18.95. Inherent Beauty wants 900% more than Amazon for the same amount of wrinkle cream. Simply Naked Beauty is rated 4.8 out of 5 stars by 14 Amazon customers. -1
Unauthorized charges: I found many complaints of this. -1
How the heck to I stop them from sending a new supply every month. I don’t want anymore charges on my credit card. HELP
They took $89 for 2 months off my credit card and I wasn’t aware of it I did not authorize it I called him back and told him that I did not want this the damn s*** because it had you couldn’t even tell what the ingredients was in this was two months ago but then I come to find out that they’ve taken my damn money now no phone you can’t call them now I’m going to report their ass.
Highly dissapontted to say the least. I was charged for a product that doesn’t work. And yes they would not refund my money. My eye had a blood spot in it after the first night I woke up the next morning my eyes very irritated and a blood spot In it. Not satisfied at all. I didn’t authorize the transaction. And was still charged. COMPLETE FRAUD PRODUCT NO GOOD. DO NOT BUY.
Scam-O-Meter score; -9