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ACAI - Diet Search, Inc - weightstudies.org - topdietgoods.comTop Paying Work Focus - weight loss study

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FOLLOWING IS A POSTING ON WWW.CRAIGSLIST.ORG FOR MICHIGAN IN THE DETROIT METRO AREA - BUT IT IS ALSO BEING POSTED AROUND THE USA.
THIS JOB POSTING APPEARS TO BE A COMPLETE FRAUD AND A SCAM.
YOU ARE WARNED NOT TO REPLY AND DO NOT PAY THE $4.95 s/h COST FOR THE TRIAL SAMPLE OF "ACAI."
THERE IS NO COMPANY NAME THAT GUARANTEES YOU PAYMENT OF THE $1, 200.00 THEY ADVERTISE THEY WILL PAY YOU.
THERE IS NO PROTECTION THAT YOU WILL NOT SUFFER PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL HARM FROM UNKNOWN NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS OR MEDICATION INTERACTIONS FROM THIS PRODUCT.

BELOW IS THEIR AD POSTED ON WWW.CRAIGSLIST.ORG, THEIR EMAIL TO ME, AND MY REPLY:

Hello,

It appears that I was sent an "automated form email reply" as you did not respond to ANY of my questions. I would like to be certain this is not a fraud or a scam. I am interested in finding out IF this is a legitimate work and weight loss program.

The website address you gave below is NOT any sort of legitimate company that is running a weight loss clinical trial. You gave the website link to
http://www.topdietgoods.com/ which opens up to
https://www.secureoffersonline.net/ebs/oab/z/acaithin_lp3b/index.asp?rs1=59332&rs2=7954 and to
https://www.x3acai.com/OTEyMnwyNDA3fDMyODAyMnx2Mg==/lfkpn4b9/g

This website is for ACAI. In fact, you require people to agree to the following contract:

"TERMS AND CONDITIONS (Effective date: 02/11/2009)
Please take a few moments to carefully read the following terms and conditions:

DELIVERY
Your order will be delivered within approximately 3-6 days. If you ordered any of our other great products along with your free trial, then those charges, if applicable, will be shown on your credit card statement as well as in your confirmation emails. Please note, your free trial comes with an auto-ship program as it is vital to take and/or apply (if applicable) as recommended according to label instructions for best results. You are guaranteed to receive one full months supply for 14 days +s/h. After which your card will be billed only 79.99. Please note: you will receive another full bottle 30 days from your original trial order date and every 30 days you will be billed only 79.99. Delivery every month is assured via our convenient auto-ship program and as part of our exclusive auto-ship program we will be sending you a special FREE gift every month as we value you as a customer and because we are here to support and help you maintain a happier and healthier you. All fee’s will be billed to the credit card you have provided. If you would like to change the credit card to be billed or if you would like to look at other billing options and/or have any other questions regarding billing please refer to the customer service help section below.
CANCELLATION POLICY
If you need to cancel your order, you must cancel your order at least 5 days prior to your scheduled ship date. Any product shipped will not be returnable for a full refund due to federal laws prohibiting us to reuse used and/or opened containers. However, we always strive to provide a good customer experience and as such only a small amount of 15% restocking fee will apply if the order is not cancelled according to these terms or if the product is returned unopened within 30 days of shipment. For questions/cancellations, contact us by calling one of our Customer Satisfaction Representative’s at [protected] or by emailing us at [protected]@acaithin.net

RETURNS
We offer the highest quality products possible at best-in-class pricing. In order to continue offering outstanding value and quality to our customers, we must work together. When you complete your order, you agree that you will follow the Terms and Conditions of this site, including but not limited to, S&H, charges, Delivery and Cancellation terms. Any packages marked Refused, Return to Sender or Undeliverable may not be eligible for a full refund and may, at our discretion, be subject to a 15% restocking fee. We promise we won't ship products you don't request, but please do not request products you don't want. If you change your mind, call our customer service department at [protected] to get a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA). A 15% restocking fee may apply if product is returned unopened within 30 days of shipment. No credit or refunds will be given after 30 days.

CUSTOMER SATISFACTION
We stand behind our products and place the upmost importance on you our customer and your satisfaction. Our goal is to help you achieve your goal and we are confident that we can assist you with your concerns. Please call [protected] for customer service, product information, or any other assistance. If you receive our product(s) and use as directed, and are unsatisfied for any reason, please call customer service to explain your situation. If you are not 100% satisfied with our products you will receive 100% of your product purchase price ). To receive your refund, you must first call customer service and receive an RMA, (return merchandise authorization) number. Write the RMA number on the package you are returning with your billing address and return the unused product to our address. When we receive the returned merchandise, your account will be credited the full amount paid for the product(s) purchased (less shipping/handling and/or restocking fees/charges.)

PAYMENT METHODS
We accept only Visa and Master Card via web site or telephone. Checks and money orders are accepted via mail only and only for direct sales. No checks will be accepted for any product directly connected to an auto-ship. Checks, money orders and gift cards are not eligible for the free trial and can be used for retail purchases only and must be received prior to product shipment (standard retail pricing may apply.)

SHIPPING POLICY
We offer standard 1-2 week shipping via the U.S. postal service. The Shipments to remote, rural, or international locations will require additional time for delivery as well as additional charges.

SHIPMENT TRACKING
We will notify you of your order confirmation via email.

PRECAUTIONS
We market safe and effective products when used as directed. The products being marketed are not intended for use by individuals under the age of 18. Consult your physician before use if you are pregnant, nursing, have serious medical conditions of any type, use prescription medications, or have allergies to any of the ingredients listed on the label. If you have an adverse reaction to this product, discontinue use and seek medical attention immediately. It is recommended that you consult with a health care practitioner and/or specialist in the appropriate medical field if you have any concerns. Any images, information and testimonials provided on this website may not represent actual or typical results and will vary from person to person based on many factors over which we have no control. We and/or our Affiliates are not responsible for willful misuse, cases of abuse, or for those who do not use the product as directed. The statements contained on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Keep out of the reach of children.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
We shall not be liable for any special or consequential damages that result from the use of, or the inability to use, the materials on this site or the performance of the products, even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damages. Applicable law may not allow the limitation of exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.

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MODIFICATIONS / AMENDMENTS:
We (and our Affiliates) reserve the right to periodically update Terms and Conditions without prior notification. All modifications will be posted on the website and the Effective Date will be revised accordingly.

TERM / TERMINATION:
These terms and conditions are applicable to you upon your accessing the site and/or completing the registration or shopping process. These terms and conditions, or any part of them, may be terminated or modified by us without notice at any time, for any reason. The provisions relating to Copyrights, Trademark, Disclaimer, Limitation of Liability, Indemnification and Miscellaneous, shall survive any termination.

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MISCELLANEOUS
Your use of this site shall be governed in all respects by the laws of the state of New York, (U.S.A.) You agree that jurisdiction over and venue in any legal proceeding directly or indirectly arising out of or relating to this shall be in the state or federal courts located in New York, NY. We may assign our rights and duties under this Agreement to any party at any time without notice to you.

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We do not, and cannot, review all communications and materials posted to or created by users accessing the site and we are not in any manner responsible for user content. We reserve the right to block or remove communications or materials that we determine to be (a) abusive, defamatory, or obscene, (b) fraudulent, deceptive, or misleading, (c) in violation of a copyright, trademark or other intellectual property right of another or (d) offensive or otherwise unacceptable to us in our and our company’s sole discretion.

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You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless our company its officers, directors, employees, agents, licensors and suppliers (collectively the "Service Providers") from and against all losses, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable attorneys' fees, resulting from any violation of these terms and conditions or any activity related to your account (including negligent or wrongful conduct) by you or any other person accessing the site using your Internet account.

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NOTICE

We may deliver notice to you by means of e-mail, a general notice on our site, or by other reliable method to the address you have provided to us"


If it is legitimate then I need to know the chemical composition of the product, any possible negative consequences, any potential short-term and long-term side effects, who will monitor any negative side effects or reactions, and how the medical weight loss treatment will be monitored.

Additionally, I do not believe that legitimate medical trials charge participants for ANY costs - and do NOT charge the $4.95 s/h fee you are charging people on this website!

Finally, how do I know that this is not a scam and how do I know if I will be paid at all, and what is the name of the company that will be paying me?

Who is the "we" in your statement "We are planning on a holding a weight loss study for thirty days." What is the name and street address and phone number of the company that is in charge of this weight loss study so I may verify it is legitimate?

Please advise. Thank you.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Christina <[protected]@weightstudies.org>
Date: Sun, Jul 5, 2009 at 11:31 AM
Subject: RE: Top Paying Work Focus Study (detroit metro )


Hello,

Thank you for your interest, you are indeed one of the first 100 people to contact me, so you could certainly reserve the spot.

As stated in the CraigsList AD, we need 100 participates that are willing to take a popular diet pill on a daily basis for thirty days. Everyday we will be recording any differences, and finish the study at the 30th day. If you don't want your name used publicly in the study, then please say so.

At the same time, we will compensate you $1200 for your participation. This will be paid in check, on the last day.

We will meet a total of four times, and the times will depend on your availability time. Meeting places will be at a local gym of your choice.

This weight loss product has seen and promoted on many T.V stations. We were lucky enough to have them offer a free trial for us.

If you plan to participate then the following needs to be done:

1) You must fill out the following short form and receive your diet pills. FORM . Please be patient while the page loads. Depending on your location, there may be a slight S&H fee. If you are selected for the study, this charge will be reimbursed.
2) After you submitted your order for the free trial, please email us back with your name, confirmation number, phone number and your address. You will then wait to receive the free trial.
3) Once you have received the free trial, and you’re one of the first, we will then contact you and set up a meeting with you.

Requirements

1) Must be above 100 pounds

2) Must be motivated to lose weight

3) Must not be taking more than 6 medication at the same time

* Spots are filling up quickly, so to reserve your spot, get your trial ASAP. We are literally being contacted by a dozen people each hour. You must be the first 100 people to receive your free trial to be eligible for the study. If you are not, then we will not be able to have you participate.


Please do not call the diet company asking any questions regarding this weight study, because their employee personnel will not know of this study. We are simply testing their products on free will.


Thanks,

Christina Sana
Diet Search, Inc

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Top Paying Work Focus Study (detroit metro )

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Reply to: job-6rmrp-[protected]@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]
Date: 2009-07-04, 7:15PM EDT


We are planning on a holding a weight loss study for thirty days. There is room for 100 qualified participants. If you want to lose weight and make some money, specifically $1, 200; then please contact us.


Location: detroit metro
Compensation: Part Time $1200
Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
Please, no phone calls about this job!
Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.


PostingID: [protected]

Responses

  • P
      Jul 05, 2009

    EXCELLENT WARNING!
    YOU COULD BE KILLED FROM NOT KNOW WHAT IS IN THESE PRODUCTS OR HOW THE INGREDIENTS ARE PROCESSED OR IF THEY ARE CONTAMINATED OR HOW THEY INTERACT WITH ANY MEDICATIONS PRESCRIPTION OR OVER THE COUNTER YOU MAY BE TAKING.
    THEY WILL PROBABLY NOT PAY ANYONE BECAUSE IT SOUNDS LIKE A COMPLETE SCAM AND IS NOT A REAL CLINICAL TRIAL OR TEST.

    EVERYONE SEEING THIS SHOULD REPORT IT TO THE FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT SITES:
    [protected]@uce.gov
    [protected]@ora.fda.gov

    GO TO THE FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT WEBSITES:
    http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Internet_Fraud.shtml
    http://www.onguardonline.gov/topics/phishing.aspx
    http://www.fbi.gov/publications/financial/fcs_report052005/fcs_report052005.htm

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  • G
      Jul 06, 2009

    This is the exact response I received. Luckily, I found this website and discovered the scam nature of this 'opportunity.' I'm glad that there are people in the world who go out of their way to warn others about scams like this!! Thank you.

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  • F
      Jul 16, 2009

    I also received the same response! THIS IS A COMPLET SCAM!

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  • E
      Jul 21, 2009

    I also received the exact same e-mail and I've reported it to Craig's List as a scam.

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  • C
      Sep 05, 2009

    I am not in any way saying this is NOT a scam but No one seems to have any proof just speculation. If you did not get taken or defrauded how can you claim it is a fraud. It does sound fishy to me but still you act as if you know for a FACT. Please explain what facts you have of fraud.

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  • I
      Sep 05, 2009

    TO: comeonpeople
    You must work for them to defend this scam. I received this email in reply to a BAIT AND SWITCH fake JOB POSTING. This is NOT a job. It is a SCAM to get people to buy a dangerous product that is NOT approved by the FDA and that is FALSELY promoted as healthy. I know for a FACT that this is a SCAM! However, since you want to defend them - go for it. Apply for the FAKE JOB and buy the DANGEROUS PRODUCT and if you don't DIE then come back AFTER 30 DAYS and tell us if you were PAID the money they claim you will be paid. You are not even able to contact the company who claims to be conducting this FAKE WEIGHT LOSS CLINICAL PROJECT. They give you no contract, and if you had bothered to actually GO to the website their ad sends you to, you would have SEEN as a FACT that the ACAI - Diet Search, Inc - weightstudies.org - topdietgoods.com ONLY SELLS you the product AFTER you sign a HUGE CONTRACT releasing them from ALL liability. This is a bait and switch SCAM for a FACT!

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  • I
      Sep 05, 2009

    Anyone who wants more PROOF can APPLY for the fake "job" and get their own FACTS by buying the product, taking it, and seeing if they get any money. You are warned by this post. It is your own responsibility to get your own FACTS if any individual wants more than this extensive posted info.

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