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The Ripped Muscle X “free trial” trap

Is your wallet too fat?  Take Ripped Muscle X, the wallet-slimming supplement, and never be teased about that unsightly back-pocket bulge again!

Here’s how it works:

  1. You get an offer of a free trial sample.  Woohoo!  What’s free any more these days?
  2. So of course you give the seller your credit card number, to cover shipping and handling of your free trial sample.
  3. A month later, you see a transaction on your credit card statement that you didn’t authorize.  Surprise!  You’ve subscribed to an infinite number of bottles of Ripped Muscle X, to be delivered monthly forever.

termsCustomers have complained that they weren’t told that by accepting the sample they implicitly agreed to the subscription.  But, technically, they were.  It’s all explained in the Trial Sale Terms And Conditions document that opens if you click on the tiny link in the bottom left corner of the Ripped Muscle X web page.

  • You give up your right to go to court or join a class action.
  • They can take your money before “accepting” your order.  They only accept your order when they ship it.
  • Your “purchase” of a free trial bottle implicitly begins a monthly subscription.  This subscription is automatically charged to your card unless you cancel it within 14 days of the date you ordered the trial (not the date you received your sample!).
  • The trial is free, not the sample.  If you haven’t returned it within the 14-day period, during a large part of which it was probably rattling around in some USPS truck, you implicitly, automatically purchase the sample for $87, the same price as you’ll be charged each month for your subscription.
  • There is no warranty on the product, nor any guarantee that it’s suitable for any use.
  • If you reverse a charge on your credit card, this is “theft” and NSA ninja-spooks will follow your trail of URLs back to your door.  (Okay, I might have elaborated this last term.  I’m just trying to make Terms and Conditions fun!)

But, the scammers don’t seem to be selling it right now.  In my last installment, re: our friends in Del Mar, CA doing business as Elite Test 360 / Ripped Muscle X, I tried to go to the Ripped Muscle X Order Form, only to be diverted to a website for a different supplement.  I checked several other body-building supplement websites.  They either had Ripped Muscle X locked up or were diverting sales prospects to other supplements.  Ripped Muscle X has their website locked down, displaying this notice:Screen Shot 2016-06-18 at 7.48.47 PM

But it’s not over.  You’ll find the same implicit-subscription, credit-card-suck game lurking behind offers of many other free supplement trials.  If you look.

 

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Elite Test 360 / Ripped Muscle X; two scams in one

If the big kids have been kicking sand in your face at the beach, you may not want to resort to these products.

Customers filed 55 complaints against Elite Test 360 at the Better Business Bureau as of 6/18/16.  Sixteen of them are billing and collection issues that will sound familiar to buyers of LUX HD450 clip-on phone lenses.  What a coincidence that the two companies share the same post-office box in Del Mar, CA.

The BBB rates the Elite Test 360 company C+, calling their advertised claims “Unsubstantiated:”


The BBB contacted EliteTest360 in January 2014 in regards to health claims made on the company’s website as well as concerns with the company’s 14 day trial. The BBB requested that the company substantiate the health and result claims made on their website, however the business response failed to do so. … The company also claims that the 14 day trial is in compliance with Visa and MasterCard “Regulations”.


This company’s website looks very professional, until you start to read the copy.  I dislike profiling, but broken English seems to be a classic symptom of dubious Internet scams:


So, why not trying something that is already used and already proven to give what is made for?


Never mind all those words.  Just look at the abs on the man who drinks the stuff!  But wait — is he a real customer, or is he just a model, like LUX HD450’s laughing bearded man?  My Google image search found that this picture is up on Flickr for free downloads.  It’s also featured in websites for Formula T10, Power Pro Testosterone, Testosterone VT Pro, Nitric Oxide Boosters, Pro Factor T 2000 and more, as well as a few legitimate health advice websites and a lot of Instagram accounts.

Returning to Elite Test 360, toward the bottom of the page we learn that Ripped Muscle X is based on creatine — which is a real thing, but associated with multiple health risks if you overdo it.  If you still want to take creatine, a supplement needn’t be expensive.  Amazon, a reputable company, offers many of them; for example, well-rated MET Rx Creatine 4200.  A 240-tablet bottle sells for $7.36 plus shipping.

Or, you could click Buy Ripped Muscle X on the Elite Test 360 website and …

… end up at a website about HT Rush?

Talk about bait-and-switch!  I see several interesting avenues to explore here.

  • Is there such a product as Ripped Muscle X, or is it just a fiction to attract men who fear they lack the stamina for sex?
  • Did the company switch suppliers, and their IT department (remember we’re talking about a post-office box here) hasn’t yet caught up?
  • Maybe if I accept the HT Rush sample, they’ll allow me to buy the Ripped Muscle X I origianlly wanted?  What would I do then?  Mix them together?
  • Maybe the Elite Test 360 website has been hacked, and its Order button has been hijacked?

Let’s try the Buy Elite Test 360 button:

Well, dang — that button has been hijacked too!  Now they’re pushing Pure Testo Xplode.

I’m reluctant to explore this labyrinth any further.  If you have, let me know how it turned out.  Seriously!  Your experience doing business with this company and trying its products, whatever they turn out to be, is bound to be instructive; and sharing it would be a community service.  I absolutely promise not to laugh.


Further thought about this “hijacking” led me to a different conclusion.  Web scammers can form tightly-integrated cooperative networks.  When something happened to their ability to sell these particular products, the fake review sites made a coordinated switch to different products.  I’ll write more about scammer networks shortly.