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Charleyhorsed by Jacked Muscle Extreme

From the people who brought you the LUX HD450 phone lens comes the latest elixir for reupholstering your skel!

On April 30, 2017, let’s aim our Scam-O-Meters at Jacked Muscle Extreme.  Keep in mind that I’m not talking about illegal advertising; I’m talking about signs that a seller is a scammer (someone who takes your money by trickery or theft). I’m using my Scam-O-Meter scoring system; -1 means true, +1 means false, and 0 means undetermined.

Ridiculous claims: +1.  None found.

Suspicious location: -1.  2658 Del Mar Heights Rd. #368, Del Mar, CA 92014 USA.  A rental box shared with known scammer LUX HD450.mailbox service

Onerous terms: -1

  • When you send for a “free, no-risk” sample, you’re implicitly agreeing to subscribe to a bottle of Jacked Muscle Extreme every month ($90).
  • You have 14 days from the day of your order — or 10 days from the day you receive your sample — to cancel your subscription.  (But you can ask for an extension.)
  • Your returned product must be postmarked within 10 days of the day you received it.
  • They don’t guarantee that the product is fit for any use; nor that anything they say is true.
  • You can’t sue them or join a class action that’s suing them.

Ads, spam, robocalls: -1.  They’ll use the information you give them and what they can suck from your browser to spam you.  You can opt out.

Lying and deception: -1

  • The terms state that you’ll be billed for your next month’s subscription on the 14th day of your trial.  So, the trial period is really only 13 days long, or 9 days from the day you receive your sample.
  • The product has not been tested!  Amidst the small print at the bottom is this gem; “While clinical studies were not performed on Jacked Muscle Extreme specifically, the included ingredients have been tested to provide results as specified.”  The web site doesn’t say what the ingredients are.

Obfuscation: -1 

  • Terms and conditions appear in five different nooks and crannies of the scam-site.  It’s like an easter-egg hunt; and they are not all the same.
  • The order form lists the normal price as $79.99.  But the Terms and Conditions state it is $89.99.
  • I can’t tell whether your $90 bill on the 14th day is for your “free” sample or for your first monthly delivery.

Phony reviews: -1.  Of the paid shills, I particularly enjoyed JackedMuscleExtremeAdvice.com.  “It simply provides me the self-confidence and also self-esteem, because of a person with extra slim weak body has to bear taunt from their follows.

Crummy product: -1.  Popular Diet Pills lists the ingredients and wasn’t very impressed.  “The ingredients are more designed as a fat burning formula rather than for muscle growth.”  Consumer Reports lists one of the ingredients, green tea extract powder, in “15 Supplement Ingredients to Always Avoid,” listing these risks: “Dizziness, ringing in the ears, reduced absorption of iron; exacerbates anemia and glaucoma; elevates blood pressure and heart rate; liver damage; possibly death.

Overpriced: -1.  The package is marked “60 capsules,” and this is marketed as a 30-day supply for $90.  This works out to $3 a day or $1.50 a capsule.  Amazon has lots of muscle-building supplements at lower prices.  For example, a 90-capsule bottle of NutraFX BCAA Capsules Branched Chain Amino Acids Supplements is priced at $13.50, or $0.15 a pill — 90% cheaper.  It’s rated 4.6 stars in 103 customer reviews.  You don’t have to subscribe to anything.  And they tell you the ingredients and their amounts.

75% discount: +1.  False.

Total score; -6

Unauthorized charges: CREDIT CARD RISK ALERT.  The return address is the same as that of LUX HD450, so I assume they are the same company.  The Better Business Bureau rates LUX HD450 “F” due to numerous complaints about failure to deliver products, delivering more or different products than ordered, refusing refunds contrary to their own Terms and Conditions, and not answering phone calls and emails.

Conclusion: Avoid.

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Beaten up by Alpha Monster Advanced testosterone supplement

sand-in-faceOf all the web-scam victims, I am most in awe of those who gulp down stuff they get in the mail from unknown companies with no idea what it is.  On February 18, 2017, let’s take a look at one of these outfits, Alpha Monster Advanced (red links are evil–do not click).  Looking over the scam site, I can see that this one’s going to get our Scam-O-Meters clicking!  It’s the free trial scam.

Ridiculous claims: -1

  • They’re about to run out of the stuff; yet they’re giving it away “free.”
  • You’ll get muscles.  Increase muscle mass.  Explosive workouts.
  • You’ll get more sex.  “Almost every man can benefit from a boost in free testosterone to intensify his experience in the gym and in the bedroom.”  “Helps enhance sexual stamina.”  “Feel more desire and maximize your potential.”  Etc.
  • All you have to do is drink the stuff (re: “How It Works”) to get results.

Post Office box: -1.  They don’t even try to hide it.  P.O. Box 61553, Savannah, GA 31419

scamometer-adv-monsterOnerous terms: -1

  • The sample is a 30-day supply.  But they’ll charge the full price ($90) unless you cancel your purchase within 14 days after your order (not after you receive the product).
  • They’ll charge another $90 every month and send you a new bottle until you cancel.
  • They don’t guarantee that the product is fit for any use; nor that anything they say is true.
  • Unless you opt out in 30 days, you can’t sue them or join a class-action that’s suing them.

Ads, spam, robocalls: -1

  • They’ll use all the information you give them, and all they can suck out of your browser, to beam ads at you.
  • They’ll share your personal data with other companies that will do the same.
  • If the company is sold, your personal data will be part of the deal.
  • You can opt out of some use of your data by email.

Lying and deception: -1

  • They don’t show the price, even after you enter personal information.  They only show the shipping charge.  (The price is in the Terms document.)
  • They don’t disclose that you’re signing up for a subscription when you order a free sample.  (This too is buried in the Terms document.)
  • They don’t tell you what’s in the product, other than “Powerful ingredients.”

Obfuscation: -1

  • Once you’ve entered personal information, you can no longer read the first page.  The browser’s back-button is disabled.  (This is a big red flag.)
  • The second page displays a count-down timer to make you think you don’t have time to research the product.

screen-shot-2017-02-18-at-2-23-48-pm-copyPhony reviews: -1.  Written by people you never heard of before, these reviews are wildly enthusiastic, yet vague.  There’s no evidence that they’ve tried the product.  They have prominent links to the seller’s web site.  In short, they are advertising.  Examples:

  • Healthy Apple Chat wastes no time; “Have you ever had the feeling that your wife is not really happy with your physical intimacies in bed?”  Their use of the scammer’s promotional art work casts further doubt on their veracity.
  • Oral Health Plus‘ author claims to have used the product, tho it seems somewhat removed from his specialty.  The site is festooned with Alpha Monster art and links.
  • Muscle Health Fitness claims “The supplement is 100% safe and is approved by the FDA for daily usage.”  But Alpha Monster themselves admit in small print “This product has not been evaluated by the FDA.

To Alpha Monster’s credit, I also found some real reviews:

Crummy product: 0.  I don’t have any information about this.

Overpriced: -1.  They don’t tell you how much product you’ll receive; only that it’s a 30-day supply.  However, the bottle is labeled “60 capsules.”  Amazon doesn’t sell Alpha Monster Advanced.  However, they offer a 60-capsule bottle of Alpha Boost which touts the same benefits for $20–and no hidden subscription.  That’s 22% of the Alpha Monster price.  471 reviewers gave Alpha Boost an average of 4.6 stars.

Unauthorized charges: +1.  Ripoff report has one complaint re: the hidden subscription.  I found no complaints at the Better Business Bureau.

Final Scam-O-Meter score; -7

If you think this kind of supplement is for you, shop local, or get it from Amazon.



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.