Well, it seems we have another “winner” in the online health care credit card scam business. Advertising at Weather Channel websites online and using the clever website address, www.beautyuser.com, the company advertising a trio of anti-aging creams designed to rid your face of wrinkles such as crow’s feet, has come up with a new “wrinkle,” when it comes to online credit card scams. By now, the modus operandi of these unknown companies marketing miracle health care remedies for obesity and wrinkled skin is fairly common: offer a free trial in which you have ten or fourteen days, in this case fourteen (14), to try out a product, charge a fairly innocuous shipping and handling charge of about $5.95 or less, and make certain that the shipping and handling charge fetches the customer’s credit card number. Once the credit card number is obtained and the free trial period expires, the scammers start charging the customer for the product under the “contract” that the free trial recipient has established by way of furnishing their credit card, and challenge the customer to put a stop to the ongoing monthly charges, in this case, $99.95 a month, after an initial 14-day trial period expires.
The new “wrinkle” or twist in this scam involves “three choices” the customer can make to deal with wrinkled skin: (1) A $5.95 “free trial” offer of a product called Dermitage, (2) a $5.95 “free trial” offer of a product called Kumaara, or (3) an upfront $125.00 purchase of an Elizabeth Arden product known as Prevage.
The first question you should ask yourself if you’re serious about pursuing an anti-aging cream, is why you should pay a recurring “$99.95 per month charge for either Dermitage or Kumaara to an online company out of Ontario, Canada, when you can get the same products at www.amazon.com for about half the cost! While prices on these types of products are subject to change, the current prices listed at Amazon.com had Dermitage Anti-Aging Skin Care products listed for just “$49.95.” As for Kumaara, it was listed for just “$18.00” for a product known as “Luminizing Eye Treatment,” a picture of which was featured at the Beautyuser.com scam site and matched at the Amazon.com site. Assuming these are good anti-aging skin products, and my complaint is not directed toward the products, it would seem that Beautyuser.com is grossly overcharging for these skin care products at the very least. As for the Elizabeth Arden Prevage product, it appears to be priced correctly at $125 and had a comparable price at Amazon.com. The advertisement by Beautyuser.com, however, strongly urged you to buy either Dermitage or Kumaara. Under the pitch for Prevage, the ad says, “At the steep $125 price point for 1.7oz, we feel the previous products above offer much more and are a better value,” the previous products being Dermitage or Kumaara. A comparison of the “ingredients” of each of these beauty products is made at the top and makes it look like a consumer would be wasting their money buying the more costly Prevage product.